500-pound man too large to fit in patrol car, Florida deputies say

Howard Hendrix arrested in Deltona on several charges

Howard Hendrix.

DELTONA, Fla. - A 500-pound man who was too large to fit in the back of a Volusia County sheriff's deputy's patrol car resisted arrest by sitting down and challenging  deputies to move him, according to authorities.

Howard Hendrix, 45, of Apopka, was arrested Sunday on charges of battery on a law enforcement officer, criminal mischief, resisting an officer without violence, battery causing bodily harm and driving under the influence. 

According to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, deputies were called to a domestic disturbance on Jutland Street in Deltona and a 42-year-old woman said Hendrix, who she said was intoxicated, cornered her in the garage during an argument.   She said he also hit her on the shoulder, poked her in the chest and slapped and spit her in the face, according to deputies.

A Volusia sheriff's report said Hendrix, who's 6 feet tall, resisted being handcuffed, then refused to walk out of the house using his weight against deputies and falling to the floor.

Deputies dragged Hendrix to the patrol car but added that he was "too large to put in a patrol vehicle," the sheriff's report said.

Hendrix was in the Volusia County Branch Jail as of Monday night, but it's not known how he was transported.

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