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Body cam video shows Pasco man spitting chewed cigarette on deputies while being arrested

Pasco County

A Pasco County man is facing charges, accused of spitting a chewed-up cigarette on a deputy while being arrested for domestic battery.

Deputies were called to a home in Hudson early Saturday morning after they say 41-year-old William Hofmann got into a fight with a woman.

The victim told deputies Hofmann slapped her with an open hand across her face during an argument. An arrest report says Hofmann admitted he slapped her and “popped her good” across her cheek.

Hofmann was arrested for domestic battery. While he was being placed into a patrol car, deputies say they ordered him to put out his lit cigarette. Instead, body camera video shows Hoffman start chewing the cigarette.

“You’re gonna eat it? That’s interesting,” a deputy says. “Everybody has a talent.”

Hoffman is then seen spitting the chewed-up cigarette towards deputies. The deputies noted they warned Hoffman he could be charged if he spit on them. In response, they say Hoffman turned his head and spit the rest of his cigarette directly on one of the deputies.

“Okay, that’s another charge,” one of the deputies says.

The deputy who was spit on had pieces of the cigarette on his arms and felt spit hit his face, according to the arrest report.

Hoffman was arrested for battery on a law enforcement officer and taken to the Land O’ Lakes Jail.

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