April 19, 2010

Marathon man gets stuck attempting to steal sand

Marathon - A Marathon man is under arrest after he got stuck on Coco Plum Beach Sunday night while trying to steal a truck load of sand.
Deputies David Stubblefield, Leon Bourcier and Sgt. Ken Fricke responded to Coco Plum Beach at 8:40 p.m. Sunday to calls from people about a truck full of sand stuck on the beach. When he arrived, he found the 1989 Ford F150 truck with it's rear wheels deep in the sand. The back of the truck was full of sand as well, and there was a large hole in the beach nearby where the sand had evidently been removed.

The driver, 46 year old Brian Splain, said he needed sand for a job he was doing so he got some from the beach. He said he was turning around and got too close to the water and got stuck. While Splain was talking with deputies, they observed he appeared to be impaired by some kind of substance. He was asked to perform field sobriety exercises, which he failed.

Splain was charged with grand theft of the sand, criminal mischief and driving while impaired. He was booked into jail.

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