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Florida Man Arrested After Extra-Long Test Drive

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BELLEVIEW, Fla. (AP) — A north Florida man was arrested after being gone too long while test-driving a truck from a used car lot in Belleview.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports 67-year-old Lloyd Edward Kraft asked to test drive a red 1997 Ford F-250 on Friday afternoon. He gave the Prestige Auto salesman his phone number and let them make a copy his driver’s license.

When Kraft left the lot with the truck, the salesman followed him until he lost sight of the truck. As Kraft drove across southern Marion County, the employee spotted him again. However, he quickly lost sight of Kraft again.

Then the employee realized the phone number Kraft provided didn’t work and the address was a vacant house.

After three hours, the employee called Belleview police to report the truck missing.

A short time later, a Marion County Sheriff’s deputy spotted the truck and detained Kraft until police arrived.

According to an arrest report, Kraft told authorities he took the car for a test drive, but was doing some work and planned on returning it later.

Deputies found tools and lumber that belonged to Kraft in the bed of the truck. He called his ex-wife to pick up the items before police took the truck.

But that got Kraft into even more trouble. Deputies checked the ex-wife’s driver’s license and learned that she had a domestic violence injunction against Kraft. That meant he should not have had contact with her.

So, in addition to grand theft auto, Kraft is charged with violation of domestic violence injunction for protection. The ex-wife was allowed to take the items from the truck and the vehicle was returned to the car lot.

Kraft told the newspaper it was an “honest misunderstanding.” He said he kept the truck longer than he should have but added that he told the salesman he would be gone a while. He said he even put $10 worth of gas in the vehicle and was about to stop for cigarettes when he was stopped. Kraft said he gave the wrong phone number because he forgot some of the digits and added that he gets along with his ex-wife.

“I wasn’t going to steal any truck,” he told the newspaper.

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