SO: Spring breaker’s dad arrested for slashing tires


Police said the father of a spring breaker Walton County, Fla., was arrested for slashing the tires of six vehicles, including four vehicles belonging to correction officers.

According to officers, the suspect, identified as 47-year-old Phillip Tidwell of Tennessee, committed the crime because of “how long it was taking to get his family member out of jail.”

On Wednesday, March 12, between the hours of 11 p.m. and midnight, six vehicles at the Walton County Jail parking lot, located at 796 Triple G Road, Defuniak Springs, sustained damage totaling in the amount of $1,611.00. Investigators said the damages ranged from sliced tires, a broken windshield and body damage.

Tidwell was observed retrieving what appeared to be a golf club from the trunk of his car, which was parked next to a marked patrol car. He was observed in the video swinging the golf club around the patrol car as well as the other cars parked in the area that were damaged.

Tidwell is also seen retrieving an item from the driver side of his vehicle and squatting near the rear passenger tire of the marked patrol car.

Five other vehicles also sustained the same type of damage. Four of the six vehicles belonged to correction officers.

Tidwell was arrested Wednesday, March 19 and booked at the Walton County Jail.


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