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Democrat Congressional Candidate arrested after refusing to leave event

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Democrat Congressional Candidate Thomas Beckwith Wells, 70, was arrested this afternoon on the UF campus for resisting arrest without violence. Wells has filed as a candidate for U.S. Representative for District 3.

According to the arrest report, University of Florida Police Department officers working an event at Flavet Field were approached by the event coordinator regarding a man who was reportedly “harassing” the students at the event. The man was later identified as Thomas B. Wells.

The event coordinator told police that she had asked Wells to leave the premises because the event was for UF students only and Wells is not a UF student. She said Wells was handing out cards for his campaign but that he had not gone through “the proper process dictated by the University of Florida in order for him to pass out flyers.” She asked him to leave “due to him making students uncomfortable, and she did not want to make the event politically based.”

Two officers approached Wells and informed him that the event coordinator wanted him to leave, but he allegedly refused. The police officers wrote that Wells stated that he “did not recognize our authority to escort him out.” The two officers grabbed Wells by his arms to escort him out, and Wells allegedly began to “actively resist” their attempts. At that point, they placed Wells on the ground, where he allegedly continued to resist handcuffing by tensing up. After a short struggle, they were able to handcuff him.

Wells has been charged with resisting arrest without violence. He has been released from the Alachua County Jail. We have reached out to him for comment; Wells told us this morning by email that he was released on his own recognizance and will have a statement by the end of today. We will run his statement as a separate article.

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