Man driving stolen car fails in escape attempt

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WKRG) - Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies were alerted Monday morning by a witness who spotted a reckless driver who then appeared to pass out inside a car near a Beal Parkway convenience store.

When deputies arrived, they 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, OCSO says.

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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