Man drives golf cart into Florida Walmart and crashes into cash register

Cheryl Sanders
August 11, 2019

A Florida man gave customers the fright of their life after literally driving a golf cart into the store's main entrance, hitting several people in his path. Surveillance video shows the moment the auto barges into the superstore at high-speed and customers backing away from the man in fear.

Deputies were summoned to the Walmart on 9205 Gibsonton Drive at about 12:30 p.m.

While deputies spoke to Hudson, the agency said he suddenly drove away and raced towards the main entrance, almost striking several pedestrians along the way.

Deputies were reviewing security video to determine how many people may have been hit by the golf cart.

One of the officers is armed with a stun gun and is pointing it at Hudson as she gives chase. He entered the checkout area, struck several patrons and caused many others to jump out of his way, the Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies took Hudson into custody and transported him to Tampa General Hospital for medical treatment.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said Michael Dale Hudson faces charges of trespass after warning, resisting arrest without violence, criminal mischief and multiple counts of aggravated battery and aggravated assault with a motor vehicle.

Deputies ordered Hudson to stop, but he continued to speed through the supermarket, hitting the front glass doors until he eventually crashed into a cash register, according to the station.

Earlier this month, a man was arrested after being accused of threatening to "shoot up" the same Walmart. The management immediately called 911 and started to evacuate the shoppers.

"I couldn't be prouder of our deputies and their response", said Sheriff Chad Chronister. Authorities arrested Wayne Lee Padgett, 31, of Valrico on a felony charge of filing a false report of using a firearm in a violent manner.

"These criminals that seek to make us afraid to go shopping, to the movies, concerts, work and school are nothing but terrorists", said Sheriff Chad Chronister". "We will pursue justice to the fullest extent of the law".

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