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A Florida man was on Sunday arrested after he intentionally ran over and killed several ducks that were playing in a lake, police said.
James Clairmont, 56, was on his way back home to Tampa, about 35 miles west of Tampa, when he happened to be on the ducks at around 8 a.m., according to Fox-4. Eleven ducklings and their mother were playing in a shallow pool in the middle of the road, according to the report.
Police said James Clairmont was found drunk in two hours after the alleged incident.
(Tampa Police Department)
Witnesses told police that they were watching Clairmont to slow down for a speed bump before the conscious will accelerate in the direction of the ducks. Several witnesses reportedly yelled at him to stop.
Police said Clairmont walked over to the three of the ducklings, then drove to his mobile home, a block away. Two of the chicks died immediately, while the third was taken to a veterinary hospital with broken bones.
THE YOUTUBE STAR WAS SEEN HITTING THE DOG IN THE VIDEO, IS THREATENED; THE POLICE IS INVESTIGATING AS POSSIBLE ANIMAL CRUELTY
“It was very shocking,” the witness, Lily Simmons, told Bay News 9. “It is for the children, because they are just totally freaked out.”
Clairmont denied, in view of the ducks and all, but I couldn’t explain why there was blood and feathers on the top of the wheels of the truck, according to an arrest report.
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Clairmont’s message was clear and the smell of alcohol still on him and walked out two hours later, the ducks which were killed, according to police. He was arrested on a felony aggravated animal cruelty charges and was released from the Pinellas County Jail Monday on a $5,000 bond.
According to the prison records, Clairmont was arrested in April of last year, on a misdemeanor charges of leaving the scene of a crash with respect to the property. It is not clear as to how the matter was dealt with.