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John McGarry, 25, led police on a 35-mph chase across the empty beach at Sand Key, a vacation spot that’s part of Clearwater Beach, after bystanders spotted him taking a spin on the sand, the Clearwater Police Department said.
Officers eventually arrested McGarry when he tried to flee the beach through a hotel parking lot, according to police.
Clearwater Beach and other Pinellas County beaches have remained closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Even when open, it is illegal to drive on the beaches, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
But that didn’t deter McGarry from taking the apparent joyride. Embracing his inner "Florida man," the Idaho native told officers he did it because he was “bored,” according to police.
McGarry was booked in the Pinellas County Jail and charged with reckless driving, resisting arrest without violence, and driving with a suspended license.
Florida has been under lockdown since April 3. The coronavirus has sickened at least 31,532 people in the state, and killed 1,075 as of Monday.