CK officer assaulted

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By Kellie Parkin

Cedar Key resident Randy Baggett was arrested Friday for allegedly assaulting a police officer and two paramedics, disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest with violence.

Approximately 3 p.m. Friday, Cedar Key Police Officer Dave Reinstra responded to a disturbance at the Big Deck Raw Bar located on Dock Street, according Police Chief Virgil Sandlin.

Baggett had allegedly become irate and hostile when he arrived at the Raw Bar and was refuse service because of his intoxicated state, Sandlin said. Raw Bar staff called police when Baggett refused to leave the premises.

Upon arrival, Officer Reinstra found Baggett in a motorized wheelchair shouting profanities, Sandlin said.

When Baggett refused to stop, Reinstra placed him under arrest and attempted to handcuff him, Sandlin said. Baggett struck Reinstra across the left side of his face, breaking his glasses and cutting him just above his eye.

Because of his violent resistance, Reinstra removed Baggett from his wheelchair and placed him on the floor in order to handcuff him, Sandlin said. It took the help of two other patrons for Reinstra to handcuff Baggett. During the altercation, Reinstra’s leg was cut on the wheelchair.

When EMS arrived, Baggett allegedly assaulted the paramedics. “He punched both of them,” Sandlin said.

Baggett was transported to the Levy County Jail where they would not accept him without medical clearance because of his intoxication level, Sandlin said. Baggett was taken to Nature Coast Regional Hospital in Williston. His blood alcohol level was 0.215, nearly three hours after the incident, Sandlin said.

Baggett has an extensive criminal history, Sandlin said.

Baggett was charged three felony counts battery on a law enforcement or EMS, one count disorderly intoxication, and one count resisting arrest with violence.