The iconic “Florida Man” doesn’t really refer to any specific person but rather is used as a generalized term for all of the weird stuff that seems to happen in the state of Florida — well, it refers to the person doing the weird stuff really. As a Florida native, I wish I could say that Florida man was just an exaggeration of the media, but unfortunately, time and time again, we keep seeing weird headlines from the state of Florida. So, when this week’s paper read about the Florida man who stole a cop car, I wasn’t really surprised — and, as it happened, it occurs right in my home town.
Florida Man steals a cop car
While Florida Man isn’t really one person, it always seems like ‘he’ is up to no good. Years ago, it was the incidents with bath salts, sometimes we even see odd headlines involving alligators being thrown into drive-thru windows, but this week it was a Florida Man who stole a cop car — but that’s just the beginning of the story.
One wrecked cop car and another stolen
The news story was covered by the Orlando Weekly, and the tale began just a few minutes north of my hometown in Cocoa, Florida. Cocoa Police Department reportedly responded to a call for a disturbance at a local, unnamed motel, and while confronting the suspect, he was able to get into an unlocked police vehicle and take off up I-95 — the long highway that runs along Florida’s east coast.
The chase went on for 60 miles, crossing from the Brevard County boarder into Volusia County before taking a turn. During the chase, the police attempted to nudge the vehicle off of the road in an attempt to stop the car and end the chase. In the process, the driver of the stolen vehicle lost control of the car, crashing into the woods on the side of the highway.
Another stolen police car
The story doesn’t end with the crashing of the first stolen cop car, either. Police following in pursuit of the vehicle attempted to close in on the suspect, who had escaped the wrecked vehicle to hide in the woods. With the police out of their vehicles approaching the wrecked car, the suspect ran from the woods, and stole yet another cop car.
“The suspect and the vehicle were in the wooded area just off the highway. As officers attempted to take the suspect into custody, he fled, jumped into another Cocoa patrol vehicle and continued north.”A statement from the Cocoa Police Department
The chase ended when police were able to close sections of the highway and deploy stop sticks, designed to puncture car tires in a pursuit. The suspect was taken into custody and is being charged with grand theft auto, fleeing the police, and several other unrelated charges.