He drove on Sand Key Beach ‘out of boredom.’ Now he’s been arrested.

Police said multiple people called after seeing a man driving on Clearwater’s Sand Key Beach.
John McGarry.
John McGarry. [ Clearwater Police Department ]
Published April 26, 2020

John McGarry isn’t from Florida, but he channeled his inner Florida man on Saturday.

The 25-year-old Idaho native led police on a 35-mile-per-hour chase on Sand Key Beach after onlookers saw him cruising through the empty beach. Officers from the Clearwater Police Department then pursued and arrested him in the parking lot of the Sheraton Sand Key around 2:45 p.m., police say.

Sand Key Beach was closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic when McGarry drove on it. Even when open, however, vehicles are not allowed on the beach.

That didn’t stop McGarry, however, who said he went from the streets to the sand purely “out of boredom,” according to police.

McGarry now faces misdemeanor charges of reckless driving, resisting arrest without violence and for driving with a suspended license. He has been booked in the Pinellas County Jail. His bail for the three charges has been set at $650.