An Ocala man who was stopped for minor traffic violations provided a false name and then had to be tased three times after trying to run away when his real identity was revealed.
Joseph Lynnard Slaughter, 39, of 4250 NE 2nd St., was charged Monday with fraud by providing false identification to law enforcement, resisting arrest without violence and driving with a suspended license as a habitual offender, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office report states.
Slaughter happened to be passing the sheriff’s Central Operations building on NW 30th Avenue when a deputy noticed his green Jeep Cherokee didn’t have working tail and tag lights. Traveling behind the vehicle, the deputy also could see Slaughter was not wearing a seatbelt.
Once pulled over, Slaughter immediately began apologizing, saying “Sir, I just forgot to turn them on,” and “Sir, I’m just trying to get to work.” He became evasive when asked for his license and registration. He said he left his wallet at home, identified himself as “Alfred Norris” and gave a date of birth of Dec. 10, 1980.
A computer check showed Slaughter couldn’t be the person in the photo. When confronted, Slaughter continued to say his name was Alfred Norris, but couldn’t provide an address or Social Security number. At that point he was escorted to the deputy’s vehicle.
The deputy scanned Slaughter’s fingerprints using the Rapid ID Scanner in his vehicle. As soon as his photo appeared on the computer screen, Slaughter took off running. The deputy gave chase and eventually had to use a Taser to bring Slaughter down, but he managed to remove the device’s electric prongs and started running again. He was trying to climb a fence when the deputy used the Taser two more times before finally getting him subdued.
Slaughter told the deputy he knew his license was suspended for failure to pay traffic violations and child support, and that he gave the false name with the hope of being released. A computer check confirmed multiple suspensions and showed Slaughter was previously arrested for driving with a suspended license.
Slaughter was taken to the Marion County Jail, where he’s being held without bond. He’s due to appear in Marion County Court on April 16.