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Alabama Teen charged with assaulting deputy, underage drinking at Santa Rosa Beach tennis court

A 17-year-old visiting from Mountain Brook, Alabama was arrested Monday evening at a Santa Rosa Beach tennis court after reportedly physically assaulting patrons and a Walton County Sheriff’s Deputy while under […]

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A 17-year-old visiting from Mountain Brook, Alabama was arrested Monday evening at a Santa Rosa Beach tennis court after reportedly physically assaulting patrons and a Walton County Sheriff’s Deputy while under the influence of alcohol.

Walton County Sheriff Deputies responded to a disturbance at the tennis courts on N Winston Lane, where they found tennis patrons physically restraining the teenager who had attempted to fight those around him.

  • The situation escalated when the teen shoved a patron to the ground after being asked to leave, according to the report. In self-defense, the civilian pinned the suspect down until deputies arrived on the scene.

Deputies observed signs of intoxication in the teenager’s behavior and discovered a 1.75 liter bottle of vodka in his backpack. As they attempted to take the teen into custody, he reportedly shouted profanities at his mother and the deputies, and spat in a deputy’s face.

The 17-year-old from Alabama now faces charges of battery on an officer, battery, obstruction without violence, and possession of alcohol by a person under 21 years of age. He was initially transported to the Walton County Jail before being transferred to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Crestview.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office has chosen not to release the name or mug shot of the juvenile offender, citing factors such as his criminal history and out-of-state residency.

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