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Florida man unsuccessfully resists arrest by hugging tree

After being arrested, drunken Homer Stacey reportedly told officers he would kill them if they took off his handcuffs.

By Fred Lambert

GREENACRES, Fla., Nov. 16 (UPI) -- A man in South Florida was arrested Thursday for multiple crimes, including resisting arrest when he latched onto a neaby tree, according to authorities.

Police say Homer Stacey, 50, acted feisty and confrontational when officers arrived at his home in response to a disturbance, The Palm Beach Post reports.

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An arrest report suggests that Stacey claimed he would cause problems and that he would get his friends to help. At least one family member told police that the suspect was drunk, to which Stacey admitted.

After Stacey yelled at one officer, police attempted to arrest him, but he held onto a nearby palm tree and reportedly yelled, "You're not going to [expletive] take me!"

Police used a taser on the suspect's ribs. He let go of the tree and was apprehended, but not before trying unsuccessfully to tackle one officer.

"If you take these cuffs off me, I'm going to kill you!" Stacey said as he was put into a patrol car, police said.

The Greenacres resident was booked into jail and charged with resisting arrest, disorderly intoxication and threatening an officer.

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