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Putnam man tried to outrun deputies on dirt bike

20-year-old Zachary Walrath facing several charges

Putnam County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Zachary Spenser
Putnam County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Zachary Spenser

HAWTHORNE, Fla. – The Putnam County Sheriff's Office says 20-year-old Zachary Spenser Walrath of Hawthorne, lost his dirt bike, his marijuana and his pipe when he tried to out smart deputies Thursday afternoon. 

Deputies say it all started when Walrath was spotted by deputies while riding his Yamaha dirt bike on East Cowpen Lake Road in the western part of Putnam County. When Walrath spotted PCSO, he took off in an attempt to lose Deputy Shelton Williams. That deputy, along with a canine deputy, then followed the tire tracks of Walrath's motorcycle to his home. Investigators say, once they saw Walrath, they were able to identify him as the driver of the motorcycle. 

Deputies arrested Walrath for not having a valid driver's license. During a search Deputy Williams found a bag of marijuana and a pipe on Walrath. 

Walrath is now facing drug charges as well as resisting an officer because he tried to run away from deputies. He was booked into the Putnam County jail on more than $2,000 bond.