PONCE DE LEON — A homeless man was arrested after broken windows and a broken lock alerted authorities that the truck he was driving had been stolen. Then, on the floorboard, lawmen found drugs he intended to sell.
Deputies pulled over the Ford Ranger truck the man was driving on Jan. 11 because the tags were both expired and did not match the truck. A deputy also noticed the man in the passenger seat appeared to be the same man who had been stalking and harassing a woman in the area.
The deputy approached the vehicle and made contact with the man in the passenger seat, who “appeared extremely nervous.” He also observed freshly broken glass inside the truch on both sides, as well as a driver’s side lock that appeared to have been “punched and defeated.” The deputy believed the truck may have been stolen and ordered the man out of the car to be detained.
The man gave the cop a false name and date of birth, which the deputy knew was fake because when he asked the man how old his birth year would make him, the man did not know. The man then began to run from the deputy into the woods. Backup arrived and eventually they found the man lying down in the woods, where he was taken into custody without further incident.
While searching the vehicle, authorities found a sunglass case containing methamphetamines, which was determined to be the homeless man’s.
The man was charged with possession with intent to sell, false identity given to law enforcement, obstruction without violence and drug equipment possession.