Joseph Auger

Joseph Auger

An Inverness man tried to bite a deputy’s fingers after being arrested for trespassing at a local Save A Lot, according to a Citrus County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

Joseph Auger, 41, was arrested and charged with resist officer with violence, trespass other property after warning and battery of law enforcement officer. Bond was set at $11,000.

On Nov. 17, a deputy was dispatched to the Save A Lot in Inverness in reference to a verbal disturbance. Upon arrival, individuals reported that Auger was trying to fight people in the parking lot.

According to the report, the deputy walked up to Auger, who was sitting in front of the Family Dollar located in the same plaza. He was believed to be intoxicated due to his slurred speech and shouting of obscenities.

Auger initially refused to provide his name and reportedly became agitated when the deputy repeated the request. When he provided his name, it was discovered that he had been trespassed from the location just two days prior.

The deputy placed Auger under arrest, handcuffed him and escorted him to the patrol vehicle. While patting Auger down, he reportedly spit on the patrol vehicle multiple times and attempted to pull away.

According to the report, Auger refused to get into the patrol vehicle after being given a loud verbal warning. The deputy grabbed ahold of Auger’s bicep to push him into the back seat and Auger spit in his face.

Auger was shoved into the back seat with both hands, but the deputy was reportedly unable to close the door because he was kicking him and attempting to exit the car. The deputy shoved Auger further into the vehicle with one hand on his face and the other on his body.

Auger reportedly attempted to bite the deputy’s fingers. The deputy then struck him in the face with a closed fist. Auger was secured and transported to the Citrus County Detention Facility.

On the ride there, Auger allegedly continued to spit on the backseat of the patrol vehicle. He also told the deputy he wanted to “catch (him) out in the world and fight (him).”

Hannah Sachewicz is a reporter for the Chronicle. She can be reached at 352-564-2929 or hannah.sachewicz@chronicleonline.com.

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