Chest bumping an off-duty TPD officer lands man in jail

Posted at 5:30 AM, Feb 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-06 11:53:09-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Chest bumping an off-duty Tallahassee Police Department officer landed a man in jail.

Lucious Leonard, 45, of Tallahassee, was booked into the Leon County Detention Center on a charge of battery on an officer Sunday and was freed on a $1,000 bond.

The officer was working an off-duty detail at Club Play, 2020 W. Pensacola St., when he saw Leonard drive by slowly and heard him curse at pedestrians in the parking lot and then the officer, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The TPD officer was in full uniform and standing beside a marked police vehicle.

Leonard drove off while yelling, cursing and threatening the officer.

Several minutes later, Leonard parked his car in the parking lot, walked up behind the officer and began yelling at him.

"I could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Leonard's breath, which led me to believe that he had been drinking," the officer wrote. "I told Leonard once again to leave the parking lot."

Leonard continued threatening the officer, who walked closer to him and ordered him to leave the premises.

That's when Leonard chest bumped the officer, who pushed "Leonard in his upper torso area," causing him to fall to the ground, the officer wrote. Leonard was not injured.

Shortly after the officer handcuffed Leonard, Leonard resumed cursing and threatening the officer, saying that if the officer messed up the phone he confiscated from him he would harm him.

Leonard was transported to jail without incident, the officer wrote. 

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