Florida Man Drives Through Fence into Cemetery, Knocks Over Headstones, Crashes Into House

Florida Man Timothy David Adams, 40, of Bartow, is in the Polk County jail after he drove through a cemetery, destroying headstones, and then crashed into a house driving a car with a stolen tag.

The story started when a Bartow police officer witnessed Adams drive out from a side street driving recklessly, run a stop sign, and almost crash into the officer’s patrol car just after midnight on Thursday. When the police officer went after him to conduct a traffic stop, he turned off his headlights, making it harder for police to follow, and started to flee the area. The chase was on.

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As Adams was being pursued, he drove through a fence that surrounded the Wildwood cemetery near Stuart Street and Woodlawn Avenue. He went through the cemetery, knocking over about six headstones, according to Bartow Police.

Timothy David Adams

Adams continued to flee the scene and, just a few minutes later, missed a turn and crashed into Paris Durant’s house, where the car struck a room right next to where Durant’s 2-year-old son sleeps. The chase ended there, and Adams was placed into custody without further incident.

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A search of the vehicle after the arrest resulted in police finding methamphetamine inside.

“He has no remorse,” said Bartow Deputy Police Chief Lauro Diaz. “When he was taken into custody, he made the statement, he does this for fun. It is fun for him.”

Diaz says Adams has been charged with eluding police at least four times. He now faces several additional charges.

Bartow Police Facebook

“Officers moving tombstones back into place at Wildwood Cemetery after a suspect ran amuck, trying to elude the police, before crashing into a family’s home, and then subsequently arrested,” Bartow Police Department said on Facebook.

WFLA reported that the judge found probable cause for two of six counts involving the gravestones and other additional charges.

The car Adams was driving had stolen tags. The owner of the stolen car had insurance, which is expected to help the city with repairs and the house’s homeowners that the vehicle crashed into.

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Adams was transported to the Polk County Jail, where he was faced with seventeen charges in total, including possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, fleeing and eluding an officer in a marked patrol car, petit theft for stealing the tag, four counts of criminal mischief over $1,000, six counts of destroying tomb/monument/grave, leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, operating a vehicle without registration, and knowingly driving with a suspended license, 3rd conviction.

Adams is eligible for the bond, which was set at $6,750. As of Sunday, he remains in the Polk County Jail.

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