A Florida man's middle-of-the-night hankering for a soft drink ended with him in jail — and it could be a little bit before he has a Coke and a smile as a free man.
Acccording to the Indian River County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Cameron White was on patrol at 4:23 a.m. Sunday when he saw a red Chevrolet pickup truck minus a driver's side mirror.
White said he tried to make a traffic stop. The truck's driver continued south on Eighth Avenue Southwest, even after the deputy hit his lights and siren.
After a westward turn, the truck rolled to a stop only a block from driver Erick Roberts' listed address. While refusing to stop, Roberts obeyed all traffic laws, according to Deputy White. Still, White and his backup remained at a distance when they carefully called for Roberts to get out of the truck.
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Roberts explained his disobedience by telling the deputies he was on probation and violating the probation terms' curfew, 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Back in 2017, Roberts got three years of drug-offender probation after being convicted of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
"He stated he was out getting a soda and just wanted to get back to his cousin's house," White wrote.
Instead, Roberts is back in Indian River County Jail without bond and with a new charge of failure to obey law enforcement and violation of felony probation. The latter definitely could mean a year or more.