61ºF

Man crawls through mud while fleeing Walmart fight, police say

Arrest caught on helicopter video

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. – A man who was fleeing a fight at Walmart early Wednesday morning was arrested after a Volusia County helicopter unit spotted him crawling through a muddy ditch, according to Ormond Beach police.

Police said they saw a black truck speeding away as they responded to a call about a fight at the grocery store. The truck continued onto Interstate 95 before crashing into a tree.

Four people got out of the vehicle in an attempt to elude authorities, police said.

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office Air One unit was called to assist in the search. Video from the helicopter, which was recorded around 2 a.m., shows Dustin Arnold, 35, crawling through a muddy ditch before authorities arrested him, police said.

Arnold was one of two people arrested at the scene. Officials are still looking for the truck driver, who will likely be charged with grand theft of a stolen vehicle. It's unclear if the fourth person was arrested.

Police said there were no witnesses or victims in the Walmart fight.

Arnold is charged with accessory after the fact to grand theft. Volusia County jail records show Arnold has faced several theft and drug-related charges in the past few years.


About the Author:

Adrienne Cutway

Adrienne Cutway joined News 6's digital team in October 2016 to cover breaking news, crime and community interest stories. She graduated from the University of Central Florida and began her journalism career at the Orlando Sentinel.

Note to users: Comments on ClickOrlando.com are migrating over to our new website. All comments before 11/12/19 at 12 p.m. will be temporarily blank until the migration is complete. All past conversations will be restored. New comments can be posted now. Questions? Contact webstaff@wkmg.com.