Man arrested after car hits detective’s vehicle

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By Amanda Mims

A 35-year-old Homosassa man is facing charges after backing a vehicle into a detective’s car Wednesday afternoon.

According to Charles Weatherly’s arrest affidavit, Marion and Citrus County detectives were arriving at a residence on South Woodbine Avenue in Homosassa to serve an arrest warrant for another man when the incident occurred.

A Marion County detective reported seeing Weatherly in the driver’s seat of a silver Pontiac when the detective got out of his vehicle and announced his presence. Weatherly allegedly put his vehicle in reverse, got out while it was in motion and attempted to flee. He was apprehended, but the Pontiac continued to move backward, striking the Marion County detective’s agency-issued vehicle. A Citrus County detective got into the Pontiac and stopped it. 

The crash caused minor damage to the detective’s vehicle.

During an interview, Weatherly told a detective there was a marijuana “roach” in the vehicle, which was found and weighed 0.05 grams, according to the affidavit. Weatherly said he “just wanted to get out of there” and didn’t know the vehicle was in reverse.

Weatherly was arrested on misdemeanor charges of resisting an officer without violence, leaving the scene of a crash with property damage and possession of less than 20 grams of cannabis. He was taken to the Citrus County Detention Facility, where his bond was set at $1,250.