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Charles Larkin Cowart, 29, of Bunnell, eluded police for more than an hour Monday afternoon while riding a horse through downtown Bunnell.
Palm Coast Wednesday, Sep. 26, 2012 5 years ago

Bunnell horserider eludes police, causes train to 'slow down'


A Bunnell man riding a horse through town on Monday afternoon eluded police for two hours and caused a southbound train to slow down, according to police.

Around 2 p.m., officers from the Bunnell Police Department were dispatched to the area of North Cherry Street in reference to an intoxicated male, Charles Larkin Cowart, 29, riding a horse.

Deputies searched for the man and the horse for about 20 minutes with no results. Soon after, deputies found CowarT and the horse on East Moody Boulevard.

Deputies directed traffic as Cowart crossed East Moody Boulevard onto South Pine Street, according to the report.

Cowart told officers he was on his way to his grandmother’s house in Flagler Beach, the report states.

When Cowart was asked to come down off the horse and talk to deputies, he became aggressive, reared the horse back and had it run southbound on South Pine Street.

Cowart continued through the Flagler County Housing Authority, “which caused a crowd of people to come out of their homes and follow us for that time,” the report states.

After Cowart left the Housing Authority, he traveled westbound toward South State Street and then crossed over the railroad tracks.

According to the report, a southbound train was on its way through the city and had to slow down.

Deputies continued to give Cowart verbal commands to come down off the horse, but Cowart ignored officers. After about an hour, the horse began to tire and injured its rear left leg, according to the report.

Cowart then left the horse and proceeded on foot into the wood line on South Bay Street.

Eventually, deputies apprehended Cowart, and shortly after 4 p.m., he was transported to the Flagler County Inmate facility where he was being held Tuesday on a total of $7,000 bond for the five charges of interfering with animal cruelty, disorderly conduct, interfering with railroad tracks or equipment, resisting arrest without violence and aggravated fleeing and eluding.

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