A man accused of running around a car dealership with balloons after downing a bottle of booze and possibly chasing people with a machete was arrested, according to statements in a recently released arrest affidavit.
The deputy spotted a Kia Sorrento with a damaged fender in the parking lot. The doors were open and an empty bottle of Seagram’s gin was on the floorboard.The case against James Touchstone, 48, began about 5:45 p.m. Oct. 25 as a St. Lucie County Sheriff’s deputy went to the listed address of a Kia dealership on South U.S. 1 to help with an impaired driver, the affidavit states.
Touchstone, who smelled of booze, was in custody outside another deputy’s vehicle “yelling profanities and attempting to flee,” the affidavit states.
Touchstone yelled that he’d imbibed “a bottle of alcohol but has been off crack for three years,” the affidavit states.
Meanwhile, witnesses said Touchstone pulled in the parking lot and started cursing and throwing things at customers and staff members.
“He then ran across the street to (another) dealership, grabbed some balloons, returned and started to run around the parking lot with the balloons in hand while yelling at anyone he came in contact with,” the affidavit states.
After Touchstone, listed as a “violent felony offender of special concern,” was put in the back of a patrol car, he kicked out the rear passenger window.
A passenger in Touchstone’s vehicle told investigators that Touchstone hit a light pole in a parking lot in the area of Avenue M and North 13th Street. That person also said Touchstone got a machete and chased people at a gas station.
Touchstone, of Wilton Manors, was arrested on charges including criminal mischief, DUI, driving while license suspended habitual offender and resist officer without violence.