After being taken into custody and accused of stealing a boat in Pierson, Fla., Darrel Horne allegedly asked Sheriff's Department deputies to user a Taser on him. Eventually, the officers did just that.
A press release from the Volusia County Sheriff's Department explained the bizarre occurrence:
Horne essentially dared deputies to use a Taser on him, taunting them with "Taser me. Taser me, Bro.” When he refused to comply with a deputy’s orders, he was Tasered. After calming down later, Horne apologized and even thanked deputies for Tasering him.
The incident started when an area resident reported that Horne and his accomplice Matthew Shrider had stolen a Johnboat from his dock. The man also reported that one of the two alleged boat thieves was carrying an axe.
Upon arriving on the scene, officers reportedly saw the two men in the boat and asked them to come ashore.
According to police, Shrider took the easy route and immediately swam back to shore.
But Horne, according to the release, began to curse at the deputies and then stripped down to his birthday suit before diving into the water and swimming in the opposite direction of authorities. Deputies later discovered Horne in a wooded area where he was taken into custody.
Both suspects were charged with armed burglary, grand theft and resisting an officer without violence.
Horne's taunts toward the officers were no doubt inspired by a 2007 incident involving a University of Florida student who was tased and arrested while shouting "don't tase me, bro."