A 17-year-old was arrested in Florida over Spring Break weekend, with a gun, drugs, and a ski mask.
Friday night at 9:15, a Walton County Sheriff’s Office K9-Unit running radar in the area of Highway 98 in Inlet Beach pulled over a Tesla for driving 75 miles an hour in a posted 55.
There were three juveniles and an 18-year-old in the vehicle. The 18-year-old is currently on probation and the driver, 17-years-of-age, told the deputy he did not have his driver’s license. The deputy also smelled marijuana coming from inside the car.
After a search of the vehicle deputies located a Glock 9mm with a magazine containing 15 rounds of ammunition, a pink camouflage ski mask, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.
After speaking with all four inside the vehicle, 17-year-old Hayes Patterson Kirkland admitted the firearm and ski mask were his. He was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed weapon, and unlawful possession of a firearm under the age of 18.
The weapon was located in the right rear passenger seat pocket within close reach of Kirkland.
This weekend deputies were spread across numerous areas in Walton County to monitor the influx of visitors during spring break. More than 170 traffic stops were conducted including the one discussed above.
- Alcohol Possession Under 21 – 103
- Beach Ordinance Violations – 96
- Noise Loud Party – 37
- Traffic Stops – 855
Deputies say they continue to have an increased presence in those areas prone to crowds and provide resources as needs arise.
“If you see suspicious activity, want to report a crime, or need a deputy’s response please call our non-emergency line at (850)-892-8111,” WCSO.