Nudist wrecks car, draws neighbor’s ire

OKEECHOBEE — Deputy Bryan Holden recently dealt with a woman who was upset because a man had driven his car into a ditch and was now walking past her house to his home. So, why was she so upset? The pedestrian was naked.

The incident apparently happened shortly after 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, in the northwest section of the county.

Deputy Holden, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO), stated in his report that the man was not injured in the single car accident. But, his vehicle was now stuck in the ditch.

The 45-year-old woman who filed the complaint apparently told the deputy that after the accident, the naked man got out of his car and started walking home. At some point he allegedly “… turned toward her house and made sure they saw that he was not wearing any clothes, then continued to his home,” stated the deputy’s report.

And to prove her case, the woman took photos of the naked man.

Well, there was nothing the deputy could do but get to the root of the problem so he knocked on the man’s door. When the man answered he was still in his birthday suit.

Not being thrilled to talk to the practicing nudist, Deputy Holden said he “… asked him numerous times to put some clothes on, until he complied.”

The man explained to Deputy Holden that he was a nudist and he was, indeed, naked when he walked from the ditch to his home. But, he assured the deputy he did not intentionally display himself to anyone.

According to Deputy Holden the distance from the woman’s home to where the nudist was walking is approximately 75 yards.

Although the man was not arrested, the deputy did indicate to the man that he could be arrested. It was not clear as of newspaper deadline if charges had been filed against the man.

Eric Kopp is a staff writer for the Okeechobee News

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