CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. (AP) – A 27-year-old man broadcast live on Facebook as he sped down a Florida beach, running over beach chairs and umbrellas while drinking from a bottle of Canadian Mist whiskey and yelling expletives about police cars chasing him.
The commotion sent beachgoers scrambling for safety Thursday afternoon. Clearwater Deputy Chief Donald Hall told reporters at a news conference that Ryan Stiles eventually came to a dead end where he had to make a decision – drive his black SUV into the water or surrender.
He was taken into custody and faces multiple charges, including DUI, reckless driving, hit and run, and threatening a public servant.
Hall says people started calling 911 when they saw Stiles on Facebook Live. Others called from the beach. Jail records don’t list a lawyer for Stiles.