[PHOTO CREDIT: Lake County Sheriff’s Office]
[Original Publish Date: 03/20/21]
LADY LAKE, Florida — A man who is accused of swinging a board and a pipe at passing vehicles Thursday night near a busy intersection is being held in the Lake County Jail on $500 bond.
Lady Lake Police Department responded to U.S. Highway 441/27 near Hartsock Sawmill Road after numerous reports that a man was attempting to strike passing vehicles with a pipe and a board, backing traffic up to Eagles Nest Road in Fruitland Park, around 9 p.m. Thursday. When LLPD arrived, they observed Floyd Thomas Coburn Jr., 29, who is listed as homeless, standing in the middle of U.S. Highway 27/441 raising a 3-to-4-foot long pipe in the air, according to an arrest affidavit.
When police arrived, Coburn, who appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to the arresting officer, dropped the pipe and began running and eventually sat down on a concrete barrier and was taken into custody.
Witnesses told police Coburn had also taken a “road closed” sign from a nearby construction area and placed it in the middle of the road blocking traffic; it was removed before police arrived.
Coburn was arrested for disorderly conduct and transported to the Lake County Jail. With the exception of 2014, Coburn has been booked into the Lake County Jail at least once every year since 2011.
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