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Cops: Naked Chesco man Tasered 3 times in Florida

Stark-raving naked and high on LSD, a Chester County man vacationing in the Florida Keys announced that he was "king of the world" Sunday after he survived three Taser blasts and oncoming traffic, according to police.

Cops: Naked Chesco man Tasered 3 times in Florida

Monroe County Sheriff's Office

Stark-raving naked and high on LSD, a Chester County man vacationing in the Florida Keys announced that he was "king of the world" Sunday after he survived three Taser blasts and oncoming traffic, according to police.

Phoenixville's "king of the world," however, soon found himself in a Florida jail cell.

Richard Gervasi, 43, of Veronica Lane in Phoenixville, was in the parking lot of Bobalu's Restaurant on Big Coppitt Key island with two friends he was vacationing with when he stripped off all of his clothes and began running into traffic around 1:30 a.m., according to a police report on the Monroe County Sheriff's website.

When Gervasi began attacking one of his friends and refused to stop, a responding female officer hit him with a Taser, police said. That did little to deter Gervasi, who later admitted to taking LSD and consuming alcohol, and he pulled the Taser prongs out of his body and headed back towards his friends, police said. He was shot with the Taser a second time, causing him to fall to the ground, according to the Sheriff's website, yet somehow, he managed to get back on his feet and started toward his friends again, police said.

That's when the third and final Taser shot was deployed and Gervasi was handcuffed, police said. He told responding medics and the officers on scene that "I'm the king of the world" and "I'm made of steel," according to the police report.

After being taken to a hospital for evaluation, Gervasi was jailed on charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, police said.

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