One man’s backhoe rampage across a town in Central Florida destroyed several yards and Biden-Harris campaign signs, reported the Haines City Police.
James Blight was arrested and charged last Saturday with grand theft auto, trespassing, and additional charges possible, Mike Ferguson, the public information officer for Haines City, stated in an email on Monday.
“Blight told police that he had been drinking whiskey all day and did not remember most of the day,” Ferguson wrote. “He said that he couldn’t help but hit the Joe Biden signs and acknowledged to taking down a fence in the process. Blight said he did not know how to operate the equipment.”
Ferguson revealed that investigators learned that “Blight took out a private chain-link fence and several political signs” and a “city-owned speed limit sign.”
“It’s absurd that a grown man could think he had the right to destroy someone else’s property based on a difference in political opinion. The fact that he was driving this heavy equipment, that he did not know how to operate, down busy roads could have been disastrous. We’re thankful that no one was hurt in this matter,” Haines City police Chief Jim Elensky said.
Cornelius Marion, a witness of the attack, told NBC News that he thought something didn’t look right as soon as he saw the front-end loader with a backhoe arm.
“He revved up the engine and rammed the fence,” Marion said. Then he saw Blight scooping up the yard and the Biden-Harris campaign sign atop it — then the driver continued to do the same process to several lawns with multiple Biden-Harris campaign signs.
Ferguson said the investigation is ongoing and that Blight was arrested and transported to Polk County.