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Ocala man becomes aggressive during DUI arrest

Charles Marcel Schmidt

An Ocala man was charged with DUI and battery on an officer during a traffic stop Wednesday on North Highway 200.

A Marion County sheriff’s deputy was stopped at a traffic light at the intersection of Highway 200 and SW 100th Street when he observed a white 2006 Chevrolet pickup move around traffic stopped at the red light by entering the turn lane, then run the red light and continue north, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The deputy pulled over the vehicle and made contact with the driver, Charles Marcel Schmidt, 61, of 11616 SW 78th Ave. When asked if he knew why he pulled him over, Schmidt said probably for speeding. The deputy asked Schmidt if he had taken any illegal drugs and he said he had used drugs the previous day, the report said.

Schmidt was sweating profusely and fidgeting excessively. Backup deputies arrived and Schmidt was asked again if he had taken any illegal narcotics. He said he had taken methamphetamine and heroin. A deputy observed Schmidt reaching towards the passenger side of the vehicle multiple times and asked him if he had any weapons in the vehicle. Schmidt said he had hand grenades and dynamite in the vehicle, according to the report.

Schmidt was asked to step out of the vehicle and he started rambling and making random incoherent statements while continuing to fidget. He became aggressive as he was being searched for weapons. Schmidt rammed his head into a deputy’s chest while being placed in handcuffs, the report said.

Once at the Marion County Jail, Schmidt agreed to a series of field sobriety exercises but then started shouting and acting aggressively. He refused to submit to a breathalyzer test, according to the report.

Schmidt is being held on $6,000 bond and will appear in Marion County Court on March 17.

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