KISSIMMEE, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35)
Osceola County Sheriff's deputies arrested a youth football coach for allegedly attacking a referee at Liberty High School on Pleasant Hill Road in Kissimmee Saturday night.
Deputies say the victim who indicated he was on the field refereeing a sophomore league football game for the Central Florida Athletic Association when several parents and coaches began arguing on the field.
Investigators say one of the coaches, identified as Leo Davis, struck the referee in the face before leaving the area.
Officials say the referee sustained minor injuries. Several other witnesses corroborated the referee's story.
Deputies say they were able to locate Davis as he attempted to leave the school driving his vehicle at a high rate of speed.
Deputies took Davis into custody and he told them he pushed the referee in an attempt to separate individuals who were fighting.
Officials say a witness had the incident recorded and after deputies viewed the video, they determined it contradicted Davis' account of the incident.
Based on the witness statements and the evidence, Davis was arrested and charged with Battery on a Sports Official.
He was booked into the Osceola County Jail with a $1,000 bond.