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The Villages
Thursday, June 8, 2023

Violent naked man on U.S. Hwy. 27/441 behind bars after being tasered twice

David Mikell Steele

A Fruitland Park police officer was forced to use his taser twice on a combatant naked man who was walking down U.S. Hwy. 27/441 shortly after noon on New Year’s Eve.

David Mikell Steele, 37, of Lake County, was stopped by the officer near Munn’s Air Conditioning and Heating, located at 2135 U.S. Hwy. 27/441., after Fruitland Park police received multiple calls about a naked man on the highway. When the officer tried to speak with him, Steele, who had foam coming from his mouth around his lips and appeared to be upset, tried to walk away. And when the officer attempted to stop him from leaving, Steele took a swing at him, a police report states.

A passing motorist on U.S. Hwy. 27/441 shot this photo on New Year’s Eve of a Fruitland Park police officer making contact with a naked man, later identified as 37-year-old David Mikell Steele, who was walking down the roadway shortly after noon.

The officer then used his taser to try to take Steele into custody, but after the first cycle, he got back up off the ground and hit the officer. So the officer applied the taser a second time and was then able to take Steele into custody.

Steele was transported to the Lake County Jail and charged with battery on a police officer and resisting arrest with violence. No information was available Wednesday afternoon about his bond or court date.

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