Alachua County deputies arrest man accused of crashing car into hotel, patrol car

Credit: Alachua County Sheriff's Office.

Alachua County Sheriff's deputies say they stunned a drunk New York man with a Taser Monday after he rammed a hotel and a patrol car with his own car.

Deputies charged 55-year-old Walter Charles Christie with aggravated assault, resisting an officer, DUI and trespassing.

An incident report released Tuesday says deputies responded to the Holiday Inn Express on SW 43 Street around 1:40 p.m. The hotel manager told deputies Christie pulled up to the hotel in his car and fell into the bushes before he tried to check in smelling of stale urine because he had urinated on himself.

The manager said Christie demanded a room and slammed his Air Force Security Police badge on the counter when he was told no rooms were available. Christie told hotel staff that President Trump and General Kelly sent him to the hotel, the report states.

The report says Christie refused to give deputies his license and shouted that he was a federal officer before getting into his car and driving it over a curb into the hedges. It says he reversed the car and then into drive again before it crashed into the building. The report says he then struck a patrol car.

Deputies used a Taser on Christie twice before he released the steering wheel. He was arrested and taken to the Alachua County Jail where he's being held on $70,000 bond.

Deputies say Christie is a retired U.S. Air Force major who was medically retired for alcoholism.

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