A Pasco man picked up a prescription at the drug store. Moments later, he was yanked from his truck and brutally beaten in what appears to be road rage.
David Archer is bruised and swollen and sore and still can't believe he was attacked. But the man accused of beating him was driving a well-marked dump truck for an Ocala-based company and several people saw the whole thing happen. Archer hopes this will be enough to track down his attacker.
It's hard for Archer to walk.
"At least four in the face, five in the ribs," described Archer, as his face and midsection still sting from being kicked over and over.
"Both frames are broke on both sides that hold the lenses in," said Archer as he showed us his broken eyeglasses. The impact of the kicks shattered his frames, and he said he could not see anything after that.
"That's where he was kicking me in the most places," he said pointing to a wound over his right eye.
Archer and his daughter Deborah had gone to Walgreens to pick up a prescription Wednesday.
"I take care of my brother who has a blood clot on his brain," said Archer.
It was 4:30 p.m. and traffic was stopped at the busy intersection of County Line Road and Shady Hills Road.
"Yeah, there was a red light, he couldn't go nowhere," said Archer about the semi-truck driver.
Archer saw a break and said most people leave a space so you can make a left turn, when you're in the right lane.
"It wouldn't have blocked anybody, nobody was coming down the other side, it was a free and clear shoot through," said Archer.
"And as soon as I went to go through, he popped his clutch and jumped up in front of me and wasn't going to let me go anywhere," he said.
Archer hit the brakes to avoid hitting the semi, and then reached down to shift his truck in reverse. The gearshift is in an odd place to the lower left. He was looking down but felt his door opening.
"Pulls him out of his vehicle," said Melanie Snow with the Pasco Sheriff's Office.
"And I'm being dragged out my door actually," said Archer incredulously.
The man slammed the door on him.
"He pushed it this way," demonstrated Archer, pulling the door against his knees, "which locks both my legs in as hard as he could."
Archer fell to the ground.
"And then the next thing I know I got booted right in the face," he lamented.
"We had multiple civilians in that area see this occur," said Snow.
"I was saying, Dad, Dad, Dad! And that's all I really remember," said Archer's daughter, Deborah.
"Nobody could believe what was going on," said Archer.
He runs Archer's Family Values Horse Rescue, and he's seen some sad cases in the 22 horses they've rescued so far.
"Being starved, beaten, deprived," he said sadly. "So you see animals being treated like that and suddenly you're treated like an animal?," we asked.
"Yeah! Oh Yeah," he exclaimed. "It was unreal. I've never seen some guy come and just totally jerk me out of the truck like I was a piece of dirt."
"I really hope they find him because we can't do anything without our dad," said Deborah Archer. "He holds this whole place together."
Archer said the truck was well-marked and several eyewitnesses got the license plate. Archer said on the first call from the Sheriff's Office the company refused to say who the driver was. We'll keep you posted soon as they make an arrest.
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