Deputies in Florida discovered a stay grenade within the truck of an “idiot” who was driving with a terrifying clown model within the passenger seat, wild video reveals.
The footage released Monday by the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office reveals the second a deputy stumbled upon the explosive discover after Louis Branson, 65, was pulled over in Bunnell for expired tags on his Dodge pickup.
“Oh shoot, is this for real?” a deputy asks her companions after discovering the grenade inside a sealed canister behind Branson’s experience, video reveals. “Get out of the truck, it looked like a possible grenade.”
Branson advised deputies he discovered the grenade three or 4 years in the past whereas cleansing out a veteran’s house and determined to maintain it.
He was uncertain whether or not it was lively, stated Flagler County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Melissa Morreale.
“He thought it was cool, so he kept it in his toolbox and was driving around with a grenade for quite some time,” Morreale advised The Post.
An explosive disposal workforce performed an X-ray of the gadget, which was believed to be lively based mostly on its inner mechanisms. It was later safely detonated at a close-by facility, another clip shows.
Sheriff Rick Staly blasted Branson in a press release as an “idiot” who was fortunate he didn’t kill himself or destroy his truck.
Along with the grenade, deputies discovered the life-size clown model — in addition to quantities of cocaine, marijuana and two pipes with suspected drug residue.
“I’m honestly not sure how the clown fit in,” Morreale stated. “It looked pretty human-sized. It was crazy.”
Branson, who has an in depth legal historical past in Florida and Georgia, additionally admitted to deputies that his license had been expired since 2019 and he wanted to clear the matter up in Georgia. His final recognized deal with is Palatka, Florida, Morreale stated.
He was charged with driving with an expired license, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of firearm, weapon or ammo by a convicted felon and drug counts.
Branson was ordered held on $7,000 bond, Staly stated. It’s unclear if he’s employed an lawyer who might communicate on his behalf.