Deputies: Miramar Beach man threatened utility workers with lawn equipment
by Jacob Newby
OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WEAR) —
A Miramar Beach man in jail for allegedly threatening Destin Water Users employees with pieces of lawn equipment faces more than just assault charges.
The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) said Austin Hopper, 32, is charged with aggravated assault and criminal mischief for threatening workers with his weed eater.
And when deputies confronted the angry yard worker, they say they found drugs on him as well.
Hooper is also charged with possession of meth and drug paraphernalia, which deputies allegedly found in his pants pocket while apprehending him.
The incident took place on Monday, when deputies were called to a residence in the 34000 block of Emerald Coast Parkway around 1:30 p.m.
The utility workers said they were installing an underground pipe and Hopper, who was cutting grass nearby, started “cussing and trying to fight everybody for no reason.”
The first victim told deputies he was sitting in the back hoe tractor when he said he felt wind against his face and noticed the suspect had put the end of the weed eater inside the cabin of the employee’s tractor.
Another worked chimed in, saying he felt threatened when Hopper allegedly ran over two of their orange traffic cones with a lawn mower.
The OCSO said they found a syringe and meth in Hopper’s pants pocket.