Arrested for intoxication after asking driver in handicapped spot 'Do you want to fight?'

Arrested for intoxication after asking driver in handicapped spot ‘Do you want to fight?’

(As originally published, Wed, February 14th 2024 at 7:52 PM)

LADY LAKE, Fla. (TND) — A man hanging out at a convenience store at 1:30 a.m. had trouble with a man parked in a handicapped spot without a placard, and now he’s facing a disorderly intoxication charge.

Police in Florida said they got called about the vehicle early Friday.

The arrest report said managers at the Wawa told officers a man later identified as Nicholas Webster Taylor “entered their establishment, causing a scene, disrupting the flow of business, due to a vehicle being parked in the handicapped spot.

“Wawa management stated Nicholas continued to demand them to notify law enforcement.”

They didn’t make the call, so he did, but it wasn’t case closed.

Instead, “Nicholas then approached the occupant of the vehicle parked in the handicapped spot and began to yell, ‘Do you want to fight?’

“The occupant attempted to leave the store at which time Nicholas positioned his body behind the vehicle, preventing it from leaving.

“Nicholas continued to start a fight with the occupant of the vehicle until law enforcement arrived.”

According to the arrest report, “Nicholas was unsteady on his feet and had an overwhelming aroma of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his person.

“Officers were made aware Nicholas arrived at the store in his vehicle.

Arrested for intoxication after asking driver in handicapped spot 'Do you want to fight?'
Nicholas Webster Taylor was charged with disorderly intoxication and misuse of 911, Feb. 9, 2024. (Lake Co. Sheriff’s Office)

“Due to the level of intoxication, [a sergeant] advised Nicholas he needed to find a ride and if he operated his vehicle, he would be arrested.

“Nicholas then became argumentative, gaining [the] attention of other guests of the store, and stated he wanted a sergeant to respond.

“[The sergeant who was there] explained to Nicholas he was the sergeant on duty, at which time Nicholas began to ignore [the sergeant] and picked up his phone.

“[The sergeant] gave Nicholas ample opportunities to find a ride, at which time Nicholas utilized his phone to call 911 for another non-emergency matter.”

According to Lake County dispatch, “Nicholas called into 911 to complain about the officers dealing with them.”

He was arrested and taken to jail. Besides disorderly intoxication, he’s charged with misuse of 911.

Taylor, 39, spent six-and-a-half hours in jail before his release in lieu of $1,500 bail.

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