HOLT, Fla., July 10, 2022—A Holt man who jumped into a swamp to avoid Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies trying to serve him warrants in January was not as successful yesterday when he put a John Deere riding lawnmower into high gear and tried to outrun pursuing deputies.
Dusty Courtney Mobley, 44, was charged with grand theft, grand theft of a vehicle, felony criminal mischief, two counts of resisting arrest, possession of a concealed weapon by a convicted felon, carrying a concealed handcuff key, possession of drug paraphernalia and felony failure to appear, among other charges.
When deputies arrived to serve arrest warrants around 9:30 a.m. yesterday, Mobley, who was mowing the grass on a John Deere zero-turn lawnmower on Pasco Broxson Circle, attempted to flee on the mower.
Ditching the mower, he then attempted to escape on foot, but was caught after deputies tased him.
When taken into custody, Mobley had a loaded revolver and a handcuff key in his possession, along with a pipe with methamphetamine residue.
Mobley was wanted on several charges dating back to January when he damaged a heavy construction vehicle and cut a hole in a metal shipping container causing a total estimated value of $5,500.
Two days later, he took a 2016 Hanko work boat and trailer from a business off State Road 4 in Baker, valued at $42,500, without Scott Bridge Company Inc.’s consent or knowledge.
Deputies located the boat in the area of 4017 Sparrow Road with Mobley on board.
He managed to get away from OCSO deputies by diving into the creek after they tried to talk to him in reference to a stolen boat.
Mobley was arrested in 2021 for trespassing. In 2020, he was arrested for reckless driving, using the wrong license plate, drugs, carrying a concealed weapon and for failure to appear for carrying a concealed weapon.
Mobley is being held without bond at the Okaloosa County Jail.