DeFUNIAK SPRINGS — A 23-year-old man was arrested on 12 charges, 10 of them felonies, after he allegedly head-butted a Walton County sheriff's deputy Saturday.


According to an arrest report, deputies were searching for Jerel Lamar Davis on Lee Street about 10 p.m. after DeFuniak Springs police said Davis was allegedly involved in two vehicle thefts and car burglaries.

A deputy located the stolen vehicle reported by the DeFuniak Springs police a few miles from a disabled white Ford pickup truck reported stolen by the truck's owner.

Witnesses told the deputy they saw a young man driving the truck run over a curb and damage a tire. Their description of the man's clothes matched Davis' clothes when he was found at his home a short distance down the road, his arrest report said.

When Davis was being taken to the patrol car, he became hostile and pushed back against the handcuffs. He also allegedly yelled profanities and threatened the deputies, and kicked and shoved them while they tried to put him in the vehicle, his arrest report said.

Davis then head-butted one of the deputies and kicked another, the report said.

When getting dressed at the Walton County Jail, detention deputies found methamphetamine and marijuana in his sock, the report said.

Davis was charged with two counts of grand theft of a motor vehicle; battery on a law officer; resisting an officer with violence; possession of a controlled substance without a prescription; four counts of unarmed burglary of an unoccupied conveyance; and smuggling contraband into a detention facility. He was also charged with two misdemeanors: possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and criminal mischief between $200 and $1,000.

Davis was held on $10,000 bond.