OKEECHOBEE — A local man was reportedly found in a ditch slumped over the wheel of his burning truck with his foot on the accelerator.
At approximately 6 p.m. on Monday, May 31, Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Deputies Misei Esquivel, Christopher Tullio and Ashley Waskiewicz were dispatched in regards to a vehicle fire/crash. When they arrived, the woman who made the 911 call told them when she got there, she saw a truck in the ditch with a man, later identified as Marshall Coker, 31, slumped over the wheel. He had his foot on the accelerator and was attempting to get the car out of the ditch when it caught on fire.
After the fire was extinguished, deputies reportedly found a substantial amount of ammunition, a syringe filled with what they suspected was methamphetamine, a paper containing white powder which later tested to be cocaine and a spoon in the vehicle.
According to the arrest report, Coker told deputies he was heading to feed his animals when the accident occurred. When asked how the fire started, he said he was trying to be cool and lit a Roman candle inside the vehicle. He said he tried to put it out but was unable to. When asked about the ammunition, he said the truck was a farm vehicle and always had ammunition in it. After he refused medical treatment, Coker was given a field sobriety test. The report notes Coker kept nodding off during the test.
Coker was charged with DUI, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon. His bond was set at $16,500.