Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a truck towing a boat that had just hit a gas pump at the Circle K at the 99 mile marker in the Florida Keys then headed down the highway, according to a Monroe County Sheriff’s press release.
The truck was easy to spot: It was traveling at high rate of speed while emitting smoke and had one wheel riding on its rim due to a flat tire. The boat in tow, a 2000 Proline, looked suspicious because it had a banner tied to the front and a for sale sign on it.
When pulled over, the truck’s driver, 62-year-old Ira Bershatsky, of Boca Raton, allegedly told deputies he had just bought the boat in Key West.
While the deputies were checking out his story, a man in a black vehicle pulled up, got out and told deputies “that’s my boat”.
Bershatsky, now placed under arrest for stealing the boat in Key Largo, told the deputies he was actor Sam Elliott and was filming a movie the next morning in California with “De Niro”. He also claimed to be the stunt double for the film “Rocky, according to the press release.
And that’s not all he boasted: Bershatsky also allegedly stated he had won $27 million in the lottery several days ago.
Bershatsky was charged with grand theft and also received citations for leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, careless driving, driving with steel rims on a hard surface, having no tie downs or chains on the boat he was towing and driving on the wrong side of a divided highway, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
His truck, a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado, was seized for being used in the commission of a felony.
Bershatsky was taken to jail.
Looks like he won’t make it to his shoot with De Niro.
Too bad they couldn’t ticket him for a bad Sam Elliott impersonation.
Photo: Monroe County Sheriff’s Office