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Florida man with viral mugshot arrested in Lee Co.


A Florida man that went
viral earlier this month
after police released a
picture of his mugshot
in Escambia County,
Florida was arrested again
last week, this time in
neighboring Lee County,
Lee County Sheriff’s
Deputies arrested 31-year-
old Charles Dion McDow-
ell, or Pensacola, Florida.
McDowell was taken into
custody shortly after 1:00
a.m. on last Wednesday by
Lee County deputies.
According to the Lee
County Sheriff’s Depart-
ment an incident had
began in Montgomery,
Alabama earlier in the
night when Montgomery
officers attempted to stop
a vehicle being operated
by McDowell. McDowell
fled from the officers and
the chase was called off.
A BOLO was sent out to
neighboring agencies and
shortly after 1:00 a.m. Lee
County deputies spotted
McDowell’s vehicle near
Lee County Depu-
ties attempted to stop the
vehicle and a second chase
ensued. The chase ended
near Exit 70 in Opelika
when deputies deployed
spike strips to stop the
vehicle McDowell was op-
erating. He was taken into
custody and booked into
the Lee County Detention
Facility at 3:37 a.m.
His charges in Lee
County included attempt-
ing to elude, second-
degree possession of
marijuana, reckless driv-
ing, driving with license
revoked, and improper
lane change. He was
granted a $5,400 bond and
released later on Wednes-
day morning.
McDowell became an
overnight social me-
dia celebrity when his
mugshot was displayed on
November 13, 2018 on the
Escambia County Florida
Sheriff’s Department web-
site after he was charged
with fleeing/eluding police
with lights and sirens ac-
tive, and numerous drug
The mugshot associ-
ated with his arrest went
viral as numerous social
media users made jokes
about his appearance in
the mugshot. The post
received more than a
quarter million shares and
half a million comments
on Facebook