Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 12-039

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • February 2, 2012
    • Contact Person:
    • Debbie Carter : dcarter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8059

    Aggravated Battery On A Law Enforcement Officer Arrest

    Man faces numerous charges.
    • Wednesday
    • February 1, 2012
    • Time: 5:00 PM
    • McIntosh Road and Interstate 4


    George Farmer
    DOB: 1-15-66
    33805 Palm Grove Road
    Zephyrhills, FL


    • Aggravated Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer
    • Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer
    • Grand Theft
    • Obstructing or Opposing An Officer With Violence
    • Driving While License Suspended
    • Trafficking in Illegal Drugs (Methamphetamine)
    • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
    • Sell or Possessing a Vehicle with Altered Number


    On February 1, 2012 at approximately 5:00 p.m. Deputy Craig Lariz while in the area of McIntosh Road and Interstate 4 observed a motorcycle being operated by George Farmer. Deputy Lariz followed the motorcycle and was able to ascertain that the tag on the motorcycle came back to a stolen motorcycle. Farmer exited Interstate 4 east bound on Alexander Street where Deputy Lariz attempted to stop Farmer. Farmer used the motorcycle as a weapon and ran into Deputy Lariz’s motorcycle at which time Farmer took a fighting stance toward Lariz. Deputy Lariz engaged Farmer and was assisted by other deputies that had arrived and took Farmer into custody. Farmer was found to be in possession of a large quantity of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and cash.

    Farmer was released from State Prison on January 26, 2011 where he had been served one year for Fleeing Law Enforcement and Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer.

    Deputy Lariz suffered minor abrasions in the incident.
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