Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff Larry R. Ashley

Man Driving Stolen Car Fails in Escape Attempt

ARMSTRONG ARREST REPORT

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.

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