NOVEMBER 8 – A Florida man who identified himself to police as “Ben Dover” was arrested on charges of interfering with providing police officers with an assumed name, according to court records.
On Tuesday, a deputy sheriff asked the man to leave a park in Palm Harbor, a suburb of St. Petersburg. In his sworn statement of arrest, the policeman noted that John Chestnut Park closed at 6:00 pm and was therefore preparing to issue a border trespass warning to park visitors.
When asked to identify himself, “the accused responded by indicating that his name was Ben Dover,” said Deputy K. Baldwin.
The man then showed the cop his middle finger and hit him in the face, “as if he was going to hit him.” The man then escaped on foot, but was detained after a short chase.
Dover, it turns out, was actually Andrew Leighton, a 22-year-old Palm Harbor resident. As shown above, Leighton was charged with two offenses: obstruction by a disguised person and resistance to an officer. He was released from the county jail early yesterday morning after posting a $ 300 bond.
Couldn’t contact Phil McCracken, Haywood Jublom and Dick Gozinha for comment on Leighton’s arrest. (1 pp.)