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Vodka-drinking Ocala man accused of throwing things at woman

David Joseph Lavoie

An Ocala man was arrested last Thursday night after he reportedly got drunk on vodka and started throwing things at a woman.

The victim told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy that 59-year-old David Joseph Lavoie had been consuming vodka all evening and became angry and started yelling at her for an unknown reason. She said Lavoie threw a horse lead rope with a heavy brass snap, which struck a ceiling fan above her head and fell to the floor, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The victim said she started walking across the living room to her bedroom and Lavoie threw a canister of sugar and a metal drinking mug that landed near her. She said she locked herself in the master bathroom and contacted law enforcement. The victim said she was in fear of being struck by the objects throw at her by Lavoie, the report said.

A witness said he was in the kitchen preparing dinner when Lavoie started calling the victim obscene names and threatened to burn the house and horse stable to the ground. The witness said Lavoie threw a horse lead rope, sugar canister, metal drinking mug and dog food bowl at the victim, but none of the items struck her, according to the report.

Lavoie’s speech was slurred and he had alcohol on his breath. He said he didn’t understand Miranda warnings that were read to him, so the deputy didn’t question him. He was charged with simple domestic assault with the intent or threat to do violence and taken to the Marion County Jail. He was released Saturday on $500 bond and is scheduled to appear in Marion County Court on June 10.

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