Florida man arrested after trying to flee deputies on riding lawn mower

Florida man arrested after trying to flee deputies on riding lawn mower
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A Florida man who avoided an arrest earlier this year by diving into a swamp, was not so lucky when deputies returned for him Saturday and he tried using a riding lawn mower as a getaway vehicle, authorities said.

Dusty Mobley evaded sheriff's deputies on Jan. 3 by diving into a swamp along the Yellow River after they tried to talk to him in reference to a $40,000 stolen boat.
Dusty Mobley evaded sheriff’s deputies on Jan. 3 by diving into a swamp along the Yellow River after they tried to talk to him in reference to a $40,000 stolen boat. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office

Dusty Mobley, 40, of Holt, kicked a John Deere riding lawn mower into “high gear” while he attempted to lose pursuing deputies with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, according to a department statement on its Facebook page.The chase ended when deputies shot Mobley with stun guns, the sheriff’s office said.

“When taken into custody Mobley had a revolver and a handcuff key in his possession, along with a pipe with methamphetamine residue,” according to the sheriff’s office.

Mobley’s hometown, Holt, is about 40 miles northeast of Pensacola, in Florida’s panhandle.

County jail records for Mobley on Monday showed he faces more than a dozen potential charges, including resisting an officer, obstructing police, possession of a weapon or ammo by a convicted felon, drug equipment possession, and grand theft of a motor vehicle.


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He was being held on no bond, according to the sheriff’s office.

It was not clear Monday afternoon if Mobley had retained an attorney.

His relatives could not immediately be reached.

Deputies tried to arrest Mobley on Jan. 3 on suspicion of stealing a $40,000 boat, the sheriff’s office said.

Two days earlier, Mobley used heavy machinery, cutting a hole in a metal building, to steal the vessel from a business, officials said.

When deputies reached Mobley about the stolen boat on Jan. 3, he “was on the boat,” but “dove off the side and disappeared into the swamp to avoid going to jail,” according to the sheriff office’s statement.

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