Brooksville man attached squirt bottle to genitals to cheat drug test, deputies say

Pasco County
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A Brooksville man is facing charges in Pasco County after deputies say he tried to outsmart a urine test.

According to an arrest report, 36-year-old Charles Bickford IV showed up at a probation office in Hudson on Thursday for court-mandated color-code urinalysis testing. Inside, he met with the probation officer who has supervised him for the past seven months.

During the urine test, the officer noticed Bickford had attached a clear plastic squirt bottle to his genitals using a rubber band.

Deputies say it was “a willful attempt to defraud the validity of the lawfully administered urine drug screening.” An arrest report called it a violation of a condition of his active felony drug offender probation.

His probation officer told him to stay in the testing lab so he could get help from another officer. Deputies say Bickford refused and pushed his officer so he could escape the lab. According to an arrest report, he then tried to push past a second probation officer in the hallway.

The second officer was able to grab Bickford and took him down to the floor. Deputies say Bickford was still resisting, and ripped his hands away from the two officers as they tried to handcuff him.

A third probation officer then jumped in to help. All three were eventually able to take Bickford into custody. He is facing charges for battery on a probation officer and resisting arrest with violence.

Deputies say none of the probation officers were injured during the struggle. A wall outside the lab was damaged.

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