Covering story, Fox 35 reporter becomes story

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One of the top rules of journalism is do not become part of the story. En route to cover a story, Fox 35 reporter Patrick Pegues was arrested on Wednesday on charges if disorderly conduct and resisting an officer without violence.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Pegues was en route to cover an accident near the 500 block of Lake Margaret Drive in Orlando when an Orlando Police officer told him to go to an area designated for the media.

The Sentinel reported: “The officer said Pegues became ‘indignant’ as well as ‘loud and profane.’ When told he was being placed under arrest, he pulled away from the officer and knocked the handcuffs to the floor. ‘I presented my Taser and warned him that if he resisted further, I would use my Taser to subdue him,’ officer C.H. Jones wrote in his report. Pegues then complied and was taken into custody.

A Fox 35 spokesman told the Sentinel the station is investigating the matter.

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