Man on probation arrested after begging deputies to take him to jail


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Austin Dakota Tillman, 20, was arrested last night after he called 911 and asked to be taken to jail.

Deputies responded to Tillman’s address at about 9:30 p.m. last night after he called to say he had violated the terms of his probation. A deputy found that there was no warrant for violation of probation and that he had seen no violations in his presence.

Deputies continued to speak to Tillman, who reportedly continued to ask them to take him to jail, saying he had violated his probation or planned to violate his probation. After the deputy told him that he would not take him to jail because he had not witnessed any violation of probation, Tillman reportedly said he had been drinking and was getting in his car to drive away. The deputy noted that he did not see any indication that Tillman was intoxicated, but then Tillman walked to a cooler, picked up a bottle of Jack Daniels, and drank from the bottle. The deputy noted that Tillman is 20 years old.

The deputy reportedly told Tillman to put down the bottle and put his hands behind his back, but before handcuffs could be placed on him, Tillman allegedly pulled away and ran. Deputies chased him on foot and deployed a Taser, which resulted in Tillman’s surrender.

Tillman has been charged with possession of alcohol by a person under 21 and resisting arrest without violence. He was previously arrested in October 2022 for spitting on and shoving a family member, and he entered into a plea agreement on February 7 for one year of probation; one of the terms of his probation is that he may not possess or consume any alcohol. Violating the law is also a violation of the termes of his probation. Judge Aymer “Buck” Curtin ordered that he be released on his own recognizance.

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  • Somewhere in this situation, a better answer must exist. Baker Act and evaluate his mental state. It has all the warning signs of screaming for help—definitely a threat to himself and others.

    • He absolutely is asking for mental help. If let go he might commit suicide, it happens all the time. Please just listen to this young man.

    • When my loved one had a gun to his head wanting to take his own life, Gainesville law enforcement talked him down, slammed him to the ground, and took him straight to jail. No Baker Act. No help for his mental state. GPD does not care if you are needing medical help for depression. In jail, they put you in a pod that has all kinds of people with mental issues that are not being medicated or assisted in any way. It is Hell on earth. It is so sad to see these people that are very sick and needing help. GPD does not care.

    • The saddest part of this equation is that mental health support, in terms of facilities, practitioners and other needs, is in such short supply that people who need and want help can’t get it.

      It is a heartbreaking reality and it having devastating effects on our society.

  • Just give him a Red Coach ticket to Kissimmee. So he can be groomed by Disney for their new Woke Mickey Mouse Club.

    • Are these supposed to be helpful or funny Jeff? Maybe you could drive him down and have a good talking to on your way down. It might Woke you up that political pokes aren’t the answer for everyone.

  • He sounds like great raw material for election to the Gainesville City Commission. Just needs a little finishing around the edges.

  • He’s definitely crying out for help! Someone or something is causing this young man to not be himself. Please don’t release him and provide him the help that he needs…..Mental health is serious!

  • Where is his parents? Oh yea he spit and shoved a family member!! No one really cares RELEASE HIM TO THE WOLVES!! BY THE WAY I LOVE JACK TOO!!😂😂🤦🏾‍♂️

  • For those of you indicating “GPD ___” – those would be called “Officers”…this article indicates “Deputies” – which means they work for the County/Sheriff’s Office.

    Do you mean Law Enforcement, in general? What would you have them do? Where do you want these citizens taken? Healthcare (including mental health) in the US needs major reform. It’s not affordable or dependable.

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