Until it gets its story straight, the LA Sheriff's office may want to just quit making comments.
And by the way, according to TMZ.com there's an audio tape to corroborate the arresting officer's claims, so there could be a lot of egg on the face of the Sheriff's office -- not to mention the indolent reporters covering the incident.
The first news reports of Gibson's arrest, included the statement...
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