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Cops: Public urination leads to use of Taser, arrest

St. Johns County Sheriff's Office booking photo ofKenneth Singleton
St. Johns County Sheriff's Office booking photo ofKenneth Singleton

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A man who shoved a police officer after being told to stop urinating in public had to be tased three times before he could be arrested, according to the St. Augustine Police Department.

Police said on officer on bicycle patrol saw Kenneth Singleton, 66, relieving himself Monday evening in the parking lot behind the Lightner Museum. When told to stop, Singleton reportedly said "I'm not done yet and I'm not going to piss myself."

According to the the arrest report, when the officer told Singleton to turn around and put his hand behind his back, he shoved the officer, took an aggressive stance and said, "I'm gonna bust you up." The officer pulled his Taser and fired it at Singleton's abdomen and activated it twice, but Singleton was unfazed. When he began to pull out the probes, the officer pushed the Taser against Singleton's left calf, but the defendant pushed the officer's hand.

The report said a second officer arrived and they were able to wrestle Singleton to the ground and handcuff him

St. Johns County rescue personnel responded to remove the probes and take Singleton to Flagler Hospital for medical clearance, but he remained uncooperative.

Singleton was booked into jail on charges of battery on a law enforcement officer, corruption by threat against a public servant and violation of a St. Augustine ordinance against camping, sleeping or leaving human waste in the city.