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Hotheaded Ocala man arrested after ruckus at sheriff’s office

Richard Lloyd Matherly

An Ocala man admitted he was a hothead after he reportedly shoved a deputy during a disturbance at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office South West District Office.

Richard Matherly, 48, of 10963 SW 78th Ave., was charged recently with trespassing, battery on an officer, resisting an officer without violence and possession of drug equipment. He’s being held in the Marion County Jail on $2,500 bond.

Matherly became argumentative after a deputy asked him to leave the office, located at 9048 SW Hwy. 200. When the deputy told him he had to leave or would be arrested, he started posturing aggressively and refused to leave. When the deputy tried to place him in handcuffs, Matherly pushed him with both hands, causing the deputy to fall to one knee, according to the sheriff’s office report.

Another deputy came up behind Matherly, grabbed him from behind and escorted him to the ground. Once on the ground, Matherly refused to comply with verbal commands to put his hands behind his back. The two deputies eventually gained control and placed him in handcuffs, the report said.

A small glass pipe commonly used to smoke illegal drugs was found inside the fanny pack Matherly was wearing at the time of the incident. A search of Matherly’s bicycle turned up a small metal pipe and two grinders commonly used to grind marijuana. Residue from the items were field tested for illegal drugs but the results were inconclusive, according to the report.

After being read his Miranda rights, Matherly said he is hotheaded and shouldn’t have come to the office. He admitted that the deputy told him to leave multiple times to before trying to place him in handcuffs. Matherly said the drug paraphernalia was not his, the report said.

Matherly is scheduled to appear in Marion County Court on June 16.

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