Videos of Horse Chase Through Bunnell, Just Released, Show Rider at a Gallop
FlaglerLive | September 28, 2012
Authorities have released surveillance videos catching glimpses of Charles Cowart as he rode a horse through various parts of Bunnell, particularly South Bunnell, where Web Watchdogs, the Palm Coast company, installed a half dozen cameras for Bunnell this summer.
The videos catch Cowart in at least two instances at a gallop. But “the horse is absolutely OK,” Chuck Cowart, the horse rider’s father and a member of one of Flagler’s oldest families, told WTSP. “He’s no tired-er than a cowboy would be after he got off a day’s ride in the cow-woods.” The horse’s name is Wiley Coyote.
Cowart is seen riding through Anderson and Martin Luther King Avenue West, at 2:30 in the afternoon, and at Anderson and Martin Luther King East, where Cowart rides past a car, through the lawn of the properties in the Housing Authority, where a crowd is seen converging, as are police and other cars. Three minutes later, he’s seen at a slower pace making his way through Boee Street, where it joins with U.S. 1.
Contrary to popular rumors, Cowart was not naked. He was merely topless. He was arrested and charged with fleeing and eluding, cruelty to animals, petit theft, resisting arrest without violence and disorderly conduct. He had claimed he was on his way to seeing his grandmother in Flagler Beach. The ride reportedly began at around 10 a.m. and didn;t end until his arrest at close to 3 p.m., after a southbound train that was due to go through Bunnell had to be stopped for safety reasons.
Cowart remains at the Flagler County Jail on $7,250 bond.
“That’s my son, he’s mentally depressed, and the family is behind him, and we got him where we can help him,” his father told the television station.
Web Watchdogs won the contract to install the surveillance system in South Bunnell after the Bunnell City Council saw the system as a means of controlling crime. The cameras were proposed by then-Police Chief Arthur Jones.