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Aviation unit helps HCSO nab tree-climbing suspect.

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The aviation unit from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) aviation helped deputies locate a man who tried to elude them by hiding in a tree.

HCSO Spokesman Michael Terry said that on Dec. 1 at 10:48 p.m., a deputy conducted a traffic stop on a man riding a bicycle near Navy and Twin Dolphin Drive in Brooksville.

During that stop, the man falsely identified himself to deputies and fled eastbound on his bicycle down Twin Dolphin Drive.

The deputy lost sight of the man, who was later identified as 33-year-old Michael BoDor, in the area of the Holiday Inn at 14112 Cortez Blvd.

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The deputy subsequently called in the Aviation and K-9 units to track BoDor.

The aviation unit found BoDor hiding in a tree shortly thereafter.

BoDor climbed down from the tree without incident. However, a search revealed that he had a glass pipe containing residue that tested positive for methamphetamine.

BoDor was arrested and booked into the Hernando County Detention Center on charges of fleeing to elude law enforcement, providing false information, possessing drug paraphernalia, and resisting an officer without violence.

He resides in the Hernando County Detention Center without bond after failing to appear in court on earlier resisting arrest and trespassing charges.


Correction: This article was corrected at 5 pm on 12/4/22.  The original article stated that the Sheriff’s office used a drone to locate the suspect, but it was the aviation unit.


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