Thursday, November 23, 2017
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Before stumbling into strangers' home drunk, deputies say, Wesley Chapel man stole SUV

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WESLEY CHAPEL — Mathew James Frydenlund meant to walk into his own house at 3 a.m. on Thanksgiving, he would later tell deputies. He was off by about a mile.

Instead, deputies say, the very drunken man slipped into another home and stood over a couple's bed, looking down at them while they slept.

Frydenlund, 23, woke the couple up, according to a Pasco sheriff's report. He asked to use the phone.

The victims, as the report lists them, brought Frydenlund into the kitchen. One of them called 911. When a deputy showed up to the home in the 29500 block of Eagle Station Drive, Frydenlund said to stay away from him.

Frydenlund, of 1316 Deerbourne Drive, told the deputy through slurred words that he thought the home was his and he didn't commit a crime. The deputy let him off easy.

"Due to no intent to commit a crime after entering the residence and the defendant's highly intoxicated level he was charged as indicated," the report states. That meant disorderly intoxication, a trip to jail and $100 bail.

About nine hours later, while he was still in jail, Frydenlund was arrested again when deputies found out he had stolen a car the day before.

Frydenlund told deputies he was house-sitting for a woman who also lives nearby while she was out of town. He snagged the keys to her BMW, the report states, and later left the SUV at Linksters Tap Room in New Tampa. The bar is about 5 1/2 miles from the house he would walk into later that night. It was not clear from reports how he got there.

Frydenlund, whose job is listed as a district manager for Smoothie King, had a charge of grand theft auto tacked onto his bail, making it $5,100. He remained in jail Friday afternoon.

Contact Alex Orlando at [email protected] or (727) 869-6247.

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