Clearwater Man’s Live-Streamed Drive Down Beach Nets DUI Charge

Beach at Caladesi Island State Park.

Beach at Caladesi Island State Park.

Clearwater Police say a local man was intoxicated while driving along the beach and attempting to emulate a popular video game, live-streaming it all on social media.

Twenty-seven-year-old Ryan Michael Stiles is facing several counts relating to the incident that played out Thursday on Clearwater Beach. Authorities say he piloted his Jeep Cherokee down the beach while taking draws from a bottle of 80-proof Canadian whisky, wreaking havoc and forcing beachgoers to flee.

As evidence they point to Stiles’s Facebook page, where they say he conducted a live stream of the entire escapade. The video, which runs for several minutes, depicts Stiles driving down the beach while providing profanity-laced commentary and drinking what appears to be an alcoholic beverage. The video ends shortly after he indicates that pursuing police ruptured his tires.

According to police, the alleged antics didn’t end there. They say while he was in a holding cell after his arrest he broke a window with his belt and planned to ambush officers. Prosecutors say he emphasized his plans by making a throat-slitting motion with his thumb after the broken window was discovered. They also allege Stiles of making verbal threats to one officer, claiming he knew where the officer resided and that the officer was “a marked man.”

Stiles is currently being held at the Pinellas County Jail on one count of obstructing an officer without violence, one count of threatening a public servant, one count of driving on a suspended license, a count of criminal mischief with damage greater than $1,000, one count of fleeing or eluding, one count of driving under the influence, one count of leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage, and one count of reckless driving.

Although his bond is set at $500,000, Stiles will not be released due to the fact that he was free on bail after an arrest for allegedly drunkenly assaulting an officer in late May. Stiles also likely faces charges for the portion of his conduct carried out on Caladesi Island, which is a state park.

The Law Offices of Bjorn Brunvand have been representing people charged with capital murder, felony drug charges, drunk driving, government fraud, and white-collar crimes for over a quarter century. Contact our office today to discuss your Tampa Bay-area state or federal charges.

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