Last Thursday, Gregory Thilesen posted a meme on his Facebook page that read, “Do you ever feel like your body’s ‘check engine’ light has been on and you’re still driving it like ‘nah, it’ll be fine’?” By Saturday night, it wasn’t. According to his arrest report, Thilesen, a 28-year-old resident of Florida Park Drive in Palm Coast and the father of a 3-year-old child, attacked his fiancée, his mother and a sheriff’s deputy before he was brought to ground with a Taser jolt to the back.
Thilesen faces a felony charge of assaulting a law enforcement officer and two misdemeanor charges of domestic battery. He’s been held at the Flagler County jail since early Sunday morning.
Thilesen, according to witnesses and alleged victims at the house, had returned home drunk from a work Christmas party. His 28-year-old fiancée took him to his room so he could go to sleep but he started vomiting, so she tried to get him to the bathroom. She told deputies that at that point he pushed her into a closet and assaulted her, prompting her to scream for Thilesen’s 55-year-old mom and his 25-year-old sister. They walked in and pulled him off her after one of them–according to what she told deputies–saw him strike his fiancée on the face. It took one of the women holding Thilesen down so she could get out of the room. The alleged assailant’s mother then called 911.
Deputy Adam Gossett arrived and saw Thilesen “lying in a bed covered in vomit.” Gossett ordered Thilesen out of the bed. Thilesen “quickly sat up in the bed with both fist[s] clenched” and yelled expletives at the deputy. When Gossett tried to detain him, grabbing his foot to take him off the bed, “he stood up and charged toward me,” the deputy reported, “striking my right ear and face with his fist.” (The report notes body camera documenting the incident.)
Gossett then took out his Taser and fired the probes at Thilesen’s back, causing him to fall to the floor. Beyond that, Thilesen complied, turned onto his stomach and was secured. A paramedic unit arrived on scene to remove the Taser probes, and because of his level of intoxication, he was first taken to Florida Hospital Flagler by ambulance–with a deputy riding in the ambulance, to ensure paramedics’ safety–before he was booked at the jail at 4 a.m. Sunday.
Thilesen had had words with a deputy before–Dennis Lashbrook, in 2013–when the deputy was investigating an allegation that Thilesen had improperly displayed a gun in an altercation with another man, and was charged with aggravated assault. The charges were dropped in that case.