Press Release:

On Wednesday, March 12th, between the hours of 11 pm to 12 midnight, six vehicles at the Walton County Jail parking lot, located at 796 Triple G Road, Defuniak Springs, sustained damage totaling in the amount of $1,611.00.  The damages ranged from sliced tires, a broken windshield and body damage.  After reviewing video surveillance footage, Phillip D. Tidwell, 47, of 2148 Aztec Drive, Dyersburg, TN, was identified as the suspect.  Tidwell was observed retrieving what appeared to be a golf club from the trunk of his car, which was parked next to a marked patrol car.  He was observed in the video swinging the golf club around the patrol car as well as the other cars parked in the area that were damaged.  Tidwell is also seen retrieving an item from the driver side of his vehicle and squatting near the rear passenger tire of the marked patrol car.  Five other vehicles also sustained the same type of damage.  Four of the six vehicles belonged to correction officers.  Tidwell was arrested yesterday and booked at the Walton County Jail.  Tidwell’s justification for the crime committed was due to how long it was taking to get his family member out of jail.