Cops: Shot fired after teen's ball rolls into drunken man's yard

16-year-old's basketball sends neighbor into rage, police say

Theodore Van Beveren.
Theodore Van Beveren.

PALM COAST, Fla. – Flagler County Sheriff's deputies say a Palm Coast man was arrested for firing a gun after he was enraged that his teenaged neighbor's basketball rolled into his yard.

Deputies say 56-year-old Theodore Van Beveren was recently arrested at his home on Providence Lane on charges of breach of peace, culpable negligence and discharging a firearm while under the influence of alcohol.

A 16-year-old neighbor told deputies he was playing basketball at his home when the ball rolled over into Van Beveren's yard. When the teen walked over to retrieve the ball,  Van Beveren walked down the driveway with a gun and fired once into the ground, according to deputies. The teen was not injured.

Deputies say Van Beveren refused a breathalyzer test and at least two guns were taken into custody.

"This had the potential to be a deadly mix of guns and alcohol. The man showed very poor judgement," said Flagler County Sheriff Donald Fleming.

Van Beveren was released from the Flagler County Inmate Facility after posting $750 bond.