Florida has become a bit of a running joke on the internet due to the amount of strange arrest reports that seem to emerge from the state on a weekly basis.
But while many Florida arrest reports seem fairly cut and dry, we recently stumbled across one that could attract some attention when it heads to courts.
According to The Associated Press, a Lake City, Florida man was driving his Chevrolet truck on U.S. 90 just before 6 pm this week when he was pulled over by a Columbia County sheriff’s deputy. The officer informed the motorist that he had pulled him over due to the vulgar sticker on the truck’s back window, which allegedly read “I Eat A–” in white letters, according to the arrest report.
The officer, believing the Chevy’s window sticker to be a violation of Florida obscenity laws, told the driver to remove one of the letters from the sentence, to which he declined. He was then arrested on charges of violating obscenity laws and resisting an officer without violence and later booked into jail. His truck, meanwhile, was towed – hopefully with the rear window sticker still intact.
The motorist, 23-year old Dillon Shane Webb, says the arrest violated his constitutional rights.
“I’m tired of police forces thinking they are above the Constitution, the Bill of Rights,” he said. “What’s vulgar to me might not be vulgar to somebody else.”
Columbia County police, not surprisingly, are leaving it up to the courts to decide whether or not the window sticker is protected by the constitution. The department also said the officer had probable cause to assume the sticker violated obscenity laws.
“If the law is faulty then the Legislature can address that or if the law is unconstitutional then the judiciary will address it,” Sgt. Murray Smith told AP.