Sebastian Man Damages Deputy’s Patrol Vehicle at McDonald’s

Man damages deputy's patrol car at McDonald's in Sebastian, Florida.
Man damages deputy's patrol car at McDonald's in Sebastian, Florida.

SEBASTIAN – On Wednesday, a 31-year-old Sebastian man was arrested after damaging a deputy’s patrol vehicle at McDonald’s, according to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies say Andrew Martin Shepard took a metal rod and damaged the vehicle’s windshield, front passenger window, and both rear passenger windows, reports show.

The patrol vehicle was parked at McDonald’s, located at 13395 U.S. Highway 1 in Sebastian, at 7 a.m. while the deputy was having breakfast.

When the deputy left the establishment, he saw the damage done to his vehicle. A witness gave the deputy a description of Shepard, who was walking down U.S. Highway 1, the affidavit said.

Shepard was wearing a blue “paper hospital type outfit” and carrying a large stick object, according to the report.

Deputies ordered Shepard to put the metal rod on the ground. He then became irate and began yelling at law enforcement, the report said.

“The defendant on several occasions would take a defensive stance while holding the metal rod or banging the metal rod on the roadway,” the deputy said.

Shepard yelled and swung the metal rod at deputies when ordered to stop, the affidavit said.

“I drew my Taser and deployed it. One Taser probe struck the defendant’s upper back, and the other struck his buttocks,” the deputy said.

Shepard was charged with Criminal Mischief, Felony Resisting Arrest With Violence, and Felony Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer. His bond was set at $15,000.

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Jennifer Balakrishnan lives in Vero Beach, Florida. She moved to Indian River County when she was 6-years-old. Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree at Florida State University. She writes our crime stories and is one of our food/restaurant critics.