WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A man in Florida attempted to evade arrest by sticking a sign on his door saying he was infected with COVID-19.
- Officers, wearing personal protective equipment, still arrested the suspect.
- Suspect Joshua Price was arrested on the third-degree felony flee and elude law enforcement as well as probation violations.
To try and evade arrest, a Florida man stuck a handwritten sign on his door: “COVID19 infected since 4/8/20”.
That didn’t stop officers from the Putnam County Sheriff’s office from detaining 28-year-old Joshua Price. “Placing a fake ‘Covid-19’ sign on your door will not stop us from kicking it in when you have felony warrants for your arrest.”
To make the arrest, officers wore protective gear and arrested Price Thursday, on Will Tillis Road in Bardin.
Price was arrested on “felony flee, elude law enforcement and violation of probation warrants.”
A photo posted on the agency’s Facebook account shows officers escorting the handcuffed suspect to a police vehicle. The post also added that the investigation revealed that the creation of the fake sign was the suspect’s idea to avoid arrest.
The department confirmed that there was no indication that Price actually contracted the dangerous virus. He was booked into the country jail.
According to Florida law firm Hussein and Webber, fleeing and eluding is a third-degree felony punishable by five years of either prison or probation.
“[It] is the failure of a driver to stop or remain stopped upon order by a duly authorized law enforcement officer. Fleeing and eluding is a serious criminal offense, with felony penalties that may include prison and a mandatory driver’s license revocation.”
Jail records listed Price’s age as 27, not 28. A report from the local media outlet WFTV reported the suspect as being a 28-year-old. Clarification has yet to be provided by the Florida sheriff’s office public information team.