The Homosassa man facing multiple battery charges after eating hallucinogenic mushrooms said during his status hearing Oct. 13 he will change his plea of not guilty.
Daniel Charles Ball, 36, was arrested April 27 and charged with resisting a law enforcement officer with violence, battery on a law enforcement officer, and three additional batteries.
On Wednesday, Ball’s lawyer, Susan Falardeau, told Circuit Court Judge Richard Howard during a Zoom hearing that Ball will change his plea. Howard, in turn, set a change of plea date for Oct. 22. Defendants must be present in court to change a plea.
Falardeau said she and the state attorney’s office had reached a settlement of five years probation.
Ball was arrested when a Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputy was called to the intersection of West Sasser Street and South Memorial Drive about 9 p.m. because of a fight and that two people were holding down Ball and waiting for the deputy to arrive.
The two men were later identified as victims that Ball allegedly struck, according to the arrest report.
The arresting deputy reported that Ball was sweating profusely and shouting profanities and uttering statements that made no sense, according to the arrest report.
“The defendant did appear to be in an altered state of mind, which I believed to be a result of narcotics consumption,” the arresting deputy reported in the arrest report.
Only with the help of the two victims did the arresting deputy manage to put a handcuff on Ball’s left wrist. But soon later as the three tried to roll Ball over Ball hit the deputy in his chest with his elbow, according to his arrest report.
Ball then rolled onto his stomach and tucked his right arm under him, meanwhile continuing to yell obscenities. The deputy warned Ball to stop struggling and that they would Taser him if he didn’t start cooperating.
The deputy reported Tasering Ball three times but the electric shock had no effect on Ball, according to the arrest report.
The deputy reported that when the three men finally managed to handcuff Ball on both wrists, Ball managed to kick the deputy in his legs, according to his arrest report.
Deputies took Ball to Bayfront Health Seven Rivers, according to the arrest report. According to the arrest report, Ball was very apologetic and said he had eaten mushrooms and was hallucinating, but didn’t remember hitting anyone.