TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A Florida man faces several charges after deputies used a Taser Saturday morning to stop him as he fled on a riding lawn mower in what turned out to be his latest effort to evade authorities.
According to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, Dusty Mobley, 40, put a John Deere riding lawn mower into high gear in an attempt to outrun pursuing deputies. Authorities shouted at him to stop and get on the ground before they used a Taser to temporarily immobilize him.
After Mobley was taken into custody, deputies found a revolver and a handcuff key along with a pipe that contained methamphetamine residue.
According to the sheriff’s office, Mobley got away from authorities in early January when he dove into a swamp along the Yellow River as deputies tried to talk to him about a $40,000 stolen boat.
Mobley was allegedly on the boat when deputies arrived but dove off the side and disappeared into the swamp to avoid going to jail.
Investigators said Mobley had used heavy machinery to cut a hole in a metal building in order to steal the vessel from a business off Highway 4.
After Saturday’s encounter with law enforcement, Mobley was 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 among others.
He was held without bond at the Okaloosa County Jail.
The Associated Press contributes to this story.