Rednecks have a long, proud history in this country. They come from hearty, hard-working stock and, like so many other subgroups in a melting pot society, they’re an important part of what makes the country work. They’re also big contributors to our culture, style and cuisine. And hell, let’s face it, they’re one of the few groups you can still rag on without ending up with outraged and offended protestors outside your house. All of which brings us to Mark Wach…
A 43-year-old man said to have shot at his lawn mower while intoxicated, fought his adult son and pulled a shotgun on the adult son was arrested after being shocked three times with a Taser, according to recently released records.
Mark Thomas Wach, of the 4400 block of Southwest 83rd Street in Palm City, was arrested Nov. 20 on charges including aggravated domestic assault with a firearm and domestic battery in connection with the incidents near his home.
Wach told a Martin County Sheriff’s deputy he was puzzled about why he was going to jail.
Perhaps it wasn’t pulling a shotgun on his son that got him arrested but opening fire on a defenseless lawn implement. That’s gotta be at least a misdemeanor.
Wach was on top of his son, and the deputy told him to stop fighting. Wach didn’t, and the deputy shocked him with an X-26 Taser. Wach didn’t follow additional instructions and was shocked twice more.
The son wouldn’t complete a written statement because he didn’t want his dad to get in trouble.
Wach said he didn’t understand why he was being taken to the Martin County jail. He said he routinely shoots in the yard, saying “fighting is what redneck people do.”
Three Taser jolts. Impressive. Keep that in mind when considering electronic stopping power when dealing with a drunk. And while fighting may very well be what redneck people do, rolling around on the front porch with a loaded shotgun between the two of you can lead to more than just a wounded Lawn Boy.
We hope Wach’s son has since bailed his daddy out of the hoosegow. We want him to be able to pick up his IGOTD commemorative plaque in person. We just hope he leaves his shotgun – and his hooch – at home.
[h/t Patrick Brown]