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Man accused of striking girlfriend, deputy

— Highlands County deputies had to taser a man who violently resisted being arrested after his girlfriend accused him of punching and strangling her, according to an arrest report released this week.

Zachariah Duyane Palmer, 37, 101 N. Self Ave., Avon Park, was a charged with felony domestic battery, aggravated battery, battery on a law enforcement officer, false imprisonment, possession of a weapon or ammunition by a convicted felon, resisting an officer with violence, resisting an officer without violence, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug equipment and tampering with evidence.

The arrest came after his girlfriend told authorities that Palmer has punched her in the face, struck her with his feet, and grabbed her by the hair, forcing her to the ground, the report said.

She also told authorities he placed both his hands around her neck, forcing her to lose consciousness, the report said.

When deputies tried to arrest Palmer, he struck a deputy, the report said.

After deputies got him under control with a conductive electrical weapon, they found ammunition and methamphetamine in the house, the report said.


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