Around midnight Wednesday evening, a car chase nearly causing several wrecks was cut short when the suspected impaired driver ran out of gas. Twenty-one year-old Michael Anthony Gray ran and hid in the woods nearby but was caught by an Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office K-9. Gray was bitten on the hand by the dog.
According to the Okaloosa County Sheriffs Office, a deputy who spotted Gray's erratic driving near the intersection of Miracle Strip Parkway and Memorial Drive in Fort Walton Beach first attempted a traffic stop, but the driver continued driving through town before heading northbound on Beal Parkway and Lewis Turner Boulevard. Attempts were made to make traffic blocks, but Gray ultimately ran out of gas.
After being apprehended, Gray threatened to kill the deputies and the K-9 involved in his capture, and then bragged about how he “smoked” law enforcement during the pursuit.
Two hours prior to this incident, Gray had been involved in a disturbance at the Helenback at 114 Amberjack Drive on Okaloosa Island, and was kicked out of the business.
Gray said he was going to walk to a store and wait for a friend to come pick him up after being instructed by an OCSO deputy not to drive due to his level of intoxication.
He’s now charged with fleeing and eluding with disregard for safety, resisting arrest with violence, providing a false identification, and resisting without violence. Additional charges are pending.