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Thursday, November 30, 2023

After being pulled over for speeding early Monday morning, a Gainesville man tried to put an officer in a headlock and wound up in jail, Gainesville Police said.

At about 2:38 a.m., William James McFadden, 40, was pulled over at 5700 NW 23rd St. by a GPD officer, who noticed McFadden slurred his speech and smelled of alcohol, according to a police report.

When the officer asked McFadden to get out of his car to conduct a DUI investigation, McFadden tried to get back into his car several times, according to the report. During his final attempt to get back into his car, two officers attempted to put him in handcuffs, but McFadden refused.

He pulled his arm away and was soon put on the ground by the officers, according to the report. He then broke free and attempted to wrap his arm around an officer’s neck, but the other officer pulled his arm away.

The side-of-the-road wrestling bout left the officer bleeding and with a scraped elbow, according to the report.

Police arrested McFadden on charges of battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer without violence and resisting an officer with violence. Authorities took him to the Alachua County Jail where he was released at 1:15 p.m. Monday on a $10,500 bond. As of press time, he could not be reached for comment.

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