Eastpoint man hangs on as SUV drives off

Published: Monday, July 21, 2014 at 11:35 AM.

An incident Saturday evening on St. George Island, in which a man drove off with an sports utility vehicle while another was hanging on through a window, has left a 53-year-old Arkansas man in trouble with the law.

According to a report filed by Florida Highway Patrol Trooper John Tallman, John P. O'Donnell, of Texarkana, Arkansas, had taken “unlawful possession” at about 7:30 p.m. of a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe from a location at East Gulf Beach Drive and Sunset Drive.

O’Donnell started to drive east on Sunset Drive, when William David Volk, 62, of Eastpoint, tried to stop him by reaching inside the driver’s side window. O’Donnell “began to drive with (Volk) hanging onto (the vehicle) from the outside.”

The report said Volk fell from the vehicle after it traveled approximately 30 feet. O’Donnell drove away from the scene to another residence approximately 120 feet away from where Volk had fallen off. He suffered only minor injuries.

O’Donnell parked the Tahoe at another residence, and went inside, without reporting the incident or rendering aid to (Volk), said the report.

The Florida Highway Patrol was assisted by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department and the Franklin County Emergency Medical System. The report said alcohol was not a factor in the incident.

O’Donnell was charged with aggravated battery, grand theft of an automobile and reckless driving.

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