4
| Crime |

Naked Tourist Tripping on LSD Tased in Florida Keys

^
Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

Running into traffic naked almost never ends well, does it? A man visiting the Florida Keys was tased by a Monroe County Sheriff's Officer after he stripped down to nothing, took a jog through oncoming cars, and yelled he was "the King of the World." This apparently came after he tossed back a few drinks with an LSD chaser. This is at least the third case of naked tasering in South Florida in the past few months.

According to KeysNet, an officer was called to the parking lot of Bobalu's Restaurant in Big Coppitt Key at 1:30 a.m on Sunday. There he found Richard Gervasi, 43, of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, completely in the nude.

He had apparently been running in and out of traffic on US-1, and also claimed that he was made of steel.

The LSD-addled Gervasi was with two friends, and when police arrived he tried to attack one of them. That's when the officer pulled his Taser gun, but Gervasi apparently withstood the initial shock and pulled the barbs out of his skin.

The deputy tased him a second time, and he was temporarily brought down. He was tased yet again when he got up and started walking towards his friends. He was finally handcuffed after the last shot and taken to the hospital before jail.

This is the third incident of naked tasering in South Florida in the past few months. In October a man scuffled with a Department of Environmental Protection officer who had pulled him over in South Dade. During the fight he apparently lost his clothes, but gained the officer's gun and shot him in the hand. Police arrived and tasered him. Also in October a Melbourne teen was tased after he was caught jogging in the buff.

Follow Miami New Times on Facebook and Twitter @MiamiNewTimes.

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.