[PHOTO CREDIT: Lake County Sheriff’s Office]
[Original Publish Date: 06/29/20]
CLERMONT, Florida — A 56-year-old Clermont man was charged with disorderly intoxication Sunday after jumping off a bridge on County Road 561 near Thompson Place.
An anonymous caller told Lake County Sheriff’s Office dispatch a man, later identified as John Walter Taylor, jumped off the bridge while drunk and refused help from bystanders, according to an arrest affidavit. Taylor then swam to shore, wandered through the brush while talking to inanimate objects, wandered into traffic and then attempted to get in his car and drive away, but witnesses stopped him, according to an arrest affidavit.
Clermont Fire Department (CFD) arrived and checked Taylor’s vitals. They asked him to walk in a straight line and he staggered into the road, almost falling into the oncoming lane of traffic, the affidavit states. A CFD firefighter caught Taylor and Taylor pulled away from him, balled up his fist and “took an aggressive posture.” An LCSO deputy intervened and took Taylor into custody. He was transported to the Lake County Jail, where he is being held on $500 bond.
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