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SO: Man blames white shorts for not complying with deputy

— A man accused of hitting a Highlands County deputy told authorities he didn’t comply with orders to get on the ground because he wanted to keep his white shorts clean, according to a report released Monday.

Ulysses Taylor, 41, 209 Atterberry Drive, Sebring, who failed to comply with several orders to get on the ground, was arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office and charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer with violence.

The arrest came after deputies spotted a car failed to stop at a stop sign, the report said.

When a deputy asked Taylor, who was the driver, to produce a driver’s license he refused to do so even though the deputy told him he would be arrested if he didn’t, the report said.

As the deputy attempted to arrest Taylor, he pulled away, and it took several tries to get him on the ground, the report said.

During one of the attempts, Taylor struck the deputy in the chin, the report said.

After deputies handcuffed Taylor, he “advised the reason why he did not go to the ground when we were ordering him to because he was wearing white shorts and did not want to get them dirty. Taylor advised he never intended to batter me,” the report said.