Vero Beach Man Busted on Facebook Live Video

Deputies watched Julia Thomas driving without a driver's license as he made a Facebook Live video in Vero Beach, Florida.
Deputies watched Julia Thomas driving without a driver's license as he made a Facebook Live video in Vero Beach, Florida.

If you don’t have a driver’s license and have had previous encounters with police, you may not want to drive while making a Facebook Live video.

A deputy observed a Facebook Live video showing a man operating a gas-powered all-terrain vehicle in Vero Beach. The deputy knows the man does not have a valid driver’s license from prior encounters, according to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies watched as 37-year-old Julia Thomas of Vero Beach drove the vehicle on 59th Street, then executed a U-turn to travel back towards 58th Avenue, while on Facebook Live.

Then, they responded to the area and located the vehicle parked in front of his home.

“Mr. Thomas’s Florida license status returned a result of suspended,” the deputy said.

Thomas had his license suspended for failing a pay a traffic fine in March 2019 and July 2019, according to the affidavit. He was arrested for driving while his license was suspended with knowledge.

Thomas was transported to the Indian River County Jail. He has since been released after posting a $500 bond.

DISCLAIMER: Arrests and mugshots were made public by complaint affidavits, arrest affidavits, and police reports. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges grew up in Jupiter, Florida where he began his career in radio and TV broadcasting for over 12 years. He would make a career change to computer programming. Andy spent seven years working for tech companies in Atlanta before moving to Indian River County in 2002. He returned to the news sector in 2005 as a writer. Andy joined Sebastian Daily in 2016 as our editor in chief.