Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responding to a welfare check say the man found passed out near a Destin bank yesterday provided them the identification of Patrick Pearson and in fact, that’s who deputies believed him to be.
The individual presented a Florida identification card, social security card and other id’s with that name.
Deputies also knew Patrick Pearson has an active warrant for theft, so the man was taken into custody on that warrant. He never provided deputies a different identity.
Later during the booking process, the individual spit into the eyes of a detention deputy. As a result, he was charged with Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer.
However the staff also discovered the name the man had given deputies was false. His real name is Joshua Wade Turner.
Along with Battery on a LEO, the 46 year old Turner now has additional charges of knowingly displaying the identification card of another person – a felony, and providing a false name while detained.