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'Wedgie Prankster' Jumps Over Deputies, Gets Arrested

A Bradenton man known for his outrageous stunts that he films and posts to YouTube is arrested after doing a running flip over two deputies.

Did 18-year-old Charles Ross go too far this time?

The pair of deputies he did a running flip over certainly think so.

Ross is a YouTube celebrity known for his outrageous pranks, such as kissing strangers, panhandling in reverse by handing out dollar bills to motorists and giving wedgies to people outside a movie theater, which landed him in jail.

But his latest stunt seems to top all others in the category of outrageousness. Ross performed a well-executed running forward flip over two unsuspecting deputies sitting on a park bench at the public beach on Siesta Key.

The officers did not seem to mind the flip so much as they did the discovery that Ross had filmed the whole thing. Ross was arrested by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office for the prank in November originally on a disturbing the peace charge,MySuncoast.com reports:

"Ross was charged with Breach of the Peace and Disorderly Conduct. According to a sheriff’s office report, the deputy stated that “the defendant was in extremely close proximity to striking my head and neck, or possibly landing on me…his actions placed me in immediate risk of personal injury.”

That charge was since changed to culpable negligence along with resisting arrest without violence, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Wendy Rose told the Herald-Tribune reports:

“This person's whole intent is to create trouble and capture the incident on video. Everyone, not just law enforcement officers, should be able to sit in public and not be disturbed by immature actions such as these.

"This was reviewed at the time it occurred which resulted in the amended charge. We have nothing further."

He posted the video to YouTube on March 16, after apparently getting it back from authorities when his court case entered into deferred prosecution on March 8, according to court records. Deferred prosecution means that the prosecution decided not to pursue the case if the defendant agrees to cease his actions or follow certain guidelines to avoid time in court.

The video is closing in on 2 million views.

Tony T March 21, 2013 at 02:15 AM
If this happened to anyone other than two Sheriff's Deputies there would have been no arrest....still don't see a crime committed here! Charges seem to be bent to fit the event and make it a crime.
Resident March 21, 2013 at 05:37 PM
There is a line between funny and inappropriate. As for this incident, I see no harm done. As for the past incidents, he deserves what he gets. If he pushes the line, then why can't others push the line against him. You treat others as you would want to be treated. He is the one setting the pace, no one else.

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