A man and woman who were caught on camera scuffling with Broward Sheriff's deputies during the arrest of an ATV rider are facing charges, officials said.
Jessie Hernandez, 39, and Francheska Turull, 37, were arrested Sunday on charges including battery on an officer and resisting an officer, BSO officials said.
Officials said the ATV rider, 26-year-old Duewayne Dixon, had been stopped in the 3100 block of Southwest 40th Avenue in West Park when deputies were approached by Hernandez. Hernandez was told not to cross a line on the sidewalk but was taken into custody for "obstructing our traffic investigation," a deputy wrote in an arrest report.
As Hernandez was taken into custody, "Turull took an aggressive stance towards me and bladed her body in a position to fight," the deputy wrote. Turull tried to hit the deputy with her fist and the deputy "struck Turull with a closed hand and attempted to take her into custody," the report said.
The encounter was captured on a person's cell phone.
Hernandez and Turull defended their actions, speaking to reporters Monday night after they bonded out of jail.
"He was trying to tell me that I couldn't stand on the sidewalk, and when he pointed at a line and said don't cross it, I said, which line, this line? And that's when he reached out and took matters into his own hands," Hernandez said.
"He was not provoking the deputy," Turull said. "He basically asked a certain question, and the deputies were already hyped up."
Dixon was also arrested for illegally operating the ATV, officials said. Attorney information wasn't available.
"It wasn't fair," Hernandez said. "It's over a dirt bike, it's not that serious."