VERO BEACH, Fla. - A misdemeanor arrest became a felony arrest for Larry Scott Estes II after he spit in the face of a deputy, according to the Indian River County Sheriff's Office.
On April 18th deputies from Indian River County were called to the 1700 block of 17th Lane SW. The IRC Sheriff's Office says that they found Estes in the backyard of a neighbor's house trying to enter a sliding glass door.
Investigators say that when Deputy Mark Diaz arrived Estes fled to a nearby vacant lot. Deputy Diaz along with another deputy found Estes, handcuffed him and brought him to the patrol car. The arrest report states that Estes resisted arrest and attempted to kick out the back window of the patrol car. The deputies then placed a leg restraint on Estes and he then spit in the face of Deputy Diaz, according to the sheriff's office.
Deputies charged Estes with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, and resisting arrest with violence and battery on a law enforcement officer, both felonies.
Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar issued this statement following the arrest, "We recognize the hazards of police work and I have certainly seen my share of intoxicated subjects who have physically resisted arrest. But when someone spits on a law enforcement officer, it is clearly a personal attack for which there is no excuse. These deputies work day and night to protect our community and they do not deserve to be treated in the manner in which this subject responded to Deputy Diaz."