‘Moments of havoc’: Citrus County man punches deputy at Inverness Christmas Parade

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CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A Citrus County man was arrested on Saturday after allegedly driving recklessly near the Inverness Christmas Parade, hitting a deputy.

Authorities say Aaron Williams, 25, drove recklessly through the intersection of US Hwy 41 North and Montgomery Avenue on Saturday afternoon before hitting a nearby deputy.

Reports say the deputy suffered only minor injuries.

Williams then ignored stop commands as he continued to swerve “erratically” around barricades blocking adjacent roads, deputies said.

Nearby officers flocked to Williams, containing him as he stood in the parade’s outer perimeter. Williams’ vehicle was pulled over and he was immediately arrested and charged with one count of grievous bodily harm to a law enforcement officer and five counts of resisting an officer without violence.

“What should have been a fun and festive parade was interrupted by a few moments of mayhem for those who witnessed the mayhem caused by Williams’ reckless and reckless actions,” Sheriff Prendergast said. “Even though Williams had a blatant disregard for public safety, the actions of our deputies exemplified service above self when it comes to the safety of our community.”