Man Allegedly Stole Car, Crashed into Florida Building Because He Was Looking For Internet Connection, Police Say

Photo Credit: Volusia Sheriff's Office

A Florida man was arrested for allegedly crashing a stolen SUV into a building while on a hunt to find a WIFI connection, reports Fox News

The suspect, Michael Barr reportedly stole an SUV in Daytona Beach Shores, Wednesday morning, according to the Volusia Sheriff’s Office. Police pursued the suspect, who eventually jumped out of the moving vehicle and went on the run. The SUV then slammed into the wall of a building.

Sheriff’s deputies were able to trace Barr back to a motel room and took him into custody. Police say Barr also had a handgun in his pocket at the time.

The suspect told authorities that his friends had abandoned him in Miami and he had to hitchhike to Kissimmee. Barr claimed to have been searching for an internet connection to contact his friends as to why he stole the SUV in the first place. 

“Barr told [police] his friends left him in Miami, so he hitchhiked to Kissimmee, stole a vehicle, and got off at the Dunlawton exit in Volusia County because he was looking for a WiFi connection,”

the Volusia Sheriff’s Office wrote on Twitter.

“He’s now in jail with no connection,”

the statement added. He was charged with

“loitering, grand theft of a motor vehicle, fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement, and unlawful carrying of a concealed firearm.”

He was also charged with

“resisting an officer without violence, driving with a suspended/revoked license, and leaving the scene of a crash with property damage. remains in custody,”

reports state. 

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