Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Florida man tries to escape arrest on riding lawnmower

Right when the “Florida Man” meme seemed to have quieted down, we get another prime example.

This time it was ex-felon Dusty Mobley of Holt, Florida, who tried to evade authorities Saturday morning on a stolen lawnmower.

The 40-year-old “put a John Deere riding lawnmower into high gear and tried to outrun pursuing deputies,” the Okaloosa County sheriff’s office said Sunday in a news release. 

Deputies said they used a Taser and apprehended the suspect. When searching Mobley, deputies found a revolver, a handcuff key and a pipe with methamphetamine residue in his possession. 

Authorities said they originally tried to arrest Mobley in January for stealing a $40,000 boat. But when the deputies approached Mobley — who was on the boat in the Yellow River — they said he dove into the swamp to avoid going to jail.

The sheriff’s office said Mobley cut a hole in a metal building using “heavy machinery” to steal the boat earlier this year.

Mobley has been charged with grand theft, grand theft of a vehicle, felony criminal mischief, two counts of resisting an officer, possession of a concealed weapon by a felon, carrying a concealed handcuff key, possession of drug paraphernalia and felony failure to appear.

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