Video: Florida Man Driving Golf Cart Speeds Into Walmart, Striking Several People, As Deputies Chase With Stun Gun

A 56-year-old man was taken into custody by Florida police yesterday after driving a golf cart through a Hillsborough County Walmart, hitting several patrons.

Michael Dale Hudson, of Riverview, was detained at approximately 12:45 p.m. by officers from the local sheriff's office. He is now facing at least five charges including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest and criminal mischief, according to online inmate records.

Surveillance footage of the incident was released by law enforcement this week, showing the man speeding into an area filled with an array of customers and onlookers.

The vehicle is seen from another angle accelerating through the main doors of the Walmart and narrowly missing a woman's shopping cart while being chased by two deputies. At least one officer can be seen pointing their stun gun at Hudson as he bursts into the store.

ABC Action News reported deputies had responded after receiving a complaint the man was blocking the entrance to the liquor aisles. The man sped off after speaking to the officers, allegedly hitting several people before crashing into a cash register and being arrested.

The Walmart is based at 9205 Gibsonton Dr. and is the same location which was evacuated last Sunday after an employee received a threat from a man who claimed he was planning to "shoot up" the store. The suspect was named as Wayne Lee Padgett, 31. The cases are not linked.

Eyewitness Brandon Daniels told WFTS-TV he had to dodge the golf cart, saying he was unsure how to respond to Hudson's actions. "[It was] either the exit sign or the sporting goods section to get a weapon, I didn't know," he said, adding: "It's something you would not expect."

WTHR reported that several customers had to be treated for injuries following the incident. The suspect was taken to Tampa General Hospital for treatment, before being transported to the Hillsborough County Jail, where he remains in custody being held on a $5,500 bond.

Jason Waldrop, who was also at the scene at the time of the incident, told WFTS-TV the suspect appeared to be having trouble breathing after the cart's collision with the cash register.

"Not only did he put his own self in danger, he also put the people around him in danger and it could have been my three-year-old," Waldrop told the outlet in an on-air interview. It remains unclear if the suspect was hit with a stun gun as deputies chased.

Police said charges against Hudson may change as the probe continues, Bay News 9 reported. An investigation remains ongoing to determine how many people he struck and injured. Officers have not confirmed if the suspect was appointed legal representation.

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Michael Dale Hudson, of Riverview, was detained at approximately 12:45 p.m. by officers from the local sheriff’s office and is now facing at least five charges, inmate records said. Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
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