Convicted felon arrested after driving pickup through yards

Convicted felon arrested after driving pickup through yards
Posted at 4:49 PM, Aug 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-09 12:54:30-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A convicted felon wanted in Wakulla County faces more charges after witnesses said he damaged property while driving a pickup truck recklessly through several residential yards.

Michael Wayne Pritchard Jr., 30, was arrested Monday by a Leon County Sheriff's Office deputy who detailed Pritchard's alleged trail of damage in a probable cause affidavit.

With the assistance of a witness, the deputy found Pritchard in woods behind a house near Hazlewood Road.

It was near midnight, and when the deputy shined his flashlight on the gold GMC pickup truck, Pritchard ran away but fell after only going about a dozen yards.

Shirtless, Pritchard refused to tell the deputy anything beyond that he self-medicates, the deputy wrote, and so Emergency Medical Services was called and took Pritchard to a hospital.

Prichard's new charges are for reckless driving, possessing a controlled substance, possessing ammo by a convicted felon, hit and run with property damage, and resisting without violence.

In Wakulla County, Pritchard is wanted for charges that include contempt of court, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, felony fleeing and eluding.

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