Anna Maria couple arrested

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Rafael Sackett, 45
Cheri Sackett, 36

An Anna Maria couple was arrested Feb. 19.

Rafael Sackett, 45, was arrested for allegedly possessing cocaine and obstructing an officer during a traffic stop.

His wife, Cheri Sackett, 36, also was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Rafael Sackett, a passenger in the vehicle, was arrested at 4 a.m. at 100 Third St. N. after Bradenton Beach Police Officer Eric Hill made the stop, suspecting the motorist could be a drunken driver.

BBPD determined Sackett’s wife was driving and referred a driving-under-the-influence investigation to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Sackett allegedly became belligerent during the FHP investigation and Officer Josh Betts removed him from the vehicle to calm down behind a police squad.

According to the police report, he started to get up, stating he was going to fight, and Betts brought him to the ground and handcuffed him.

During a search, police allegedly found a bag in Sackett’s shirt pocket containing 1.4 grams of cocaine.

Halfway to the Manatee County jail, Sackett complained of diabetic issues and Betts summoned EMS. Sackett was cleared for transport to the jail by EMS.

He was released Feb. 20 on a $2,500 bond.

Rafael Sackett was ticketed earlier in the evening for operating a vehicle without headlights.

Cheri Sackett also was booked in the jail Feb. 19 for the DUI charge and released the next day on a $500 bond.

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