Florida man steals tractor, gets Tasered by deputy
A man on a tractor didn’t get to his destination on Friday.
Dashcam footage taken by a deputy from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in North Florida shows the tractor swerving in the road.
The vehicle eventually pulls over and the man, identified as Charles Nicholas McNeil, stumbles out, smoking a cigarette.
During the initial contact with the driver, the deputy was provided a false name, according to a police report.
McNeil reportedly told the officer he did not have any identification on him at the time and his driver’s license was not valid.
As the deputy asked him to step down from the tractor, he performed a pat search, finding a knife and a partially labeled prescription medication bottle, containing pills.
The next scene you see is the man running down the road.
The report goes on to say that when the deputy tried to detain McNeil, he turned away and attempted to flee. The two ended up struggling, with the suspect hitting the deputy and trying to pick him up and slam him to the ground.
As McNeil tried to flee again, the deputy deployed his Taser stun gun, striking McNeil in the middle of the road. The suspect hit his head and lost consciousness, said the report.
Emergency Medical Services were called and McNeil was taken to a nearby hospital.
At this time, WCSO issued McNeil a Notice to Appear for felony court on the charges of battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence, providing a false name to law enforcement and possession of a prescription drug.
After further investigation, WCSO found the tractor driven by McNeil was stolen from a 71-year-old man. Officers say WCSO will be obtaining a felony arrest warrant on additional charges of grand theft.
McNeil was released from prison earlier this year and is out on bond on unrelated felony drug charges out of Bay County.
“When a suspect chooses to violently attack or attempt to overpower one of our deputies, it is our responsibility as law enforcement to react in such a way that protects our communities from further safety risks,” Sheriff Kevin Crews said.