A Brandon man spotted on video stealing a big bottle of booze was eventually nabbed by the police after he stole a truck and crashed it, they say.
Officers were called to the crash around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, in the 2400-block of Brandon Avenue, where an eastbound pickup truck had hit a parked vehicle.
The man driving the pickup had run from the scene before officers arrived, but a witness was able to give a description that helped them find him hiding nearby, near Buttercup Bay. Appearing drunk, police arrested him, and took him to the hospital for treatment of some minor injuries. He later refused a breathalyzer.
Police later found that the man had allegedly taken the truck without permission and that he didn't have a valid driver's license. Due to other pending charges, police say he was also bound by a court condition to abstain from alcohol.
Officers also later recognized him as the suspect in the theft of a 66-ounce liquor bottle from a local Liquor Mart earlier in the day, a theft that was captured on video surveillance.
A 37-year-old Brandon man has been charged with impaired driving, refusing a breathalyzer, failure to remain at the scene of an accident, drive with no license and other Highway Traffic Act offences in relation to the crash. He's also been charged with theft of motor vehicle for taking the truck, and theft under $5,000 for taking the liquor. He was held overnight for a bail hearing Monday morning.