Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff Larry R. Ashley

Man Driving Stolen Car Fails in Escape Attempt


An alert citizen called the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office this morning after spotting a reckless driver who then appeared to pass out inside a car near a Beal Parkway convenience store. Arriving Deputies discovered not only had the black Toyota Rav 4 been reported stolen March 4th, but the driver was a convicted felon who had been sitting on a semi-automatic handgun on the driver’s seat.

22-year old LaKeith Armstrong of Shrewsbury Road in Mary Esther is charged with grand theft auto, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, and two counts of resisting arrest.

Deputies say Armstrong initially refused to give his name, and then while handcuffed broke away from a deputy and tried to escape. He was captured after a brief foot chase.

The investigation is continuing and additional charges are pending.