500-pound Suspect Doesn't Fit Into Florida Patrol Car

The scales of justice can handle Howard Hendrix and his domestic disturbance charge, but Florida deputies had problems arresting and transporting the heavy suspect.

At 500 pounds, the 6-foot-tall Hendrix was too big to fit into a Volusia County patrol car.

The solution was to summon a prisoner transport van to haul Hendrix to the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach on Sunday, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Before that, Hendrix, 45, of Apopka, Florida, used his size to resist arrest in other ways.

Hendrix sat down on the floor and challenged officers to move him. He also allegedly kicked a deputy in the leg, according to police documents obtained by the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

The dispute began when Hendrix' girlfriend told deputies that during an argument he had cornered her in the garage and slapped her shoulder and face, poked her in the chest, and spit her in the face, according to He allegedly punched a hole in her wall too.

When deputies arrived, Hendrix had showered and was naked.

Investigators said he smelled of alcohol, and had glassy eyes and slurred speech, reports.

Hendrix was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, criminal mischief, resisting an officer without violence, battery causing bodily harm and driving under the influence, according to the Miami Herald.

He is being held on $5,000 bond.