Fruitland Park man taken to hospital after refusing to obey police officer’s commands

Mark Peavy

A Fruitland Park man was taken to Leesburg Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries suffered after refusing to obey a police officer’s commands.

Mark Peavy, 51, had been driving 61 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone on County Road 466A at 8:42 p.m. Saturday when his rate of speed was captured on radar by Fruitland Park police.

Peavy’s blue Ford sport utility accelerated when an officer started a pursuit. During a traffic stop on County Road 466A at Timbertop Lane, Peavy was argumentative with the police officer. Peavy refused to admit he was speeding and refused to produce a driver’s license.

Peavy also refused to obey four requests to exit his vehicle and was forcibly removed by the officer. An altercation broke out and the officer was knocked into some shrubbery. The officer delivered a knee strike and two punches to Peavy before a backup unit arrived.

Peavy claimed he was suffering from back pain and requested that he be taken to LRMC. Upon his release from the hospital, he was booked at the Lake County Jail on charges of resisting arrest with violence and driving while license suspended. He was released after posting $7,000.