Tracked seven miles by law enforcement



A Wewahitchka man was arrested Monday on charges including kidnapping after an incident involving his estranged wife.

David Anthony Hysmith, 40, was charged with violating a protective injunction stemming from a domestic violence, felony battery, aggravated assault with a firearm, false imprisonment and kidnapping, according to a release from the Gulf County Sheriff’s Office.

The SO contacted the victim Monday morning and she reported she was confronted by her husband at their residence that morning.

The injunction for protection was issued last Thursday.

During the Monday confrontation at the residence, Hysmith battered, threatened to shoot and held the victim against her will. Hysmith then forced the victim at gun point to drive him to a remote location north of Wewahitchka where he exited the vehicle.

The victim, provided an opportunity, escaped.

The SO responded to the area of Gaskin Side Camp Road and Bea Bea Drive north of Wewahitchka where Hysmith was last seen.

Wewahitchka schools were temporarily on lockdown, Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton said.

K-9 Units from Gulf Correctional Institution and Calhoun Correctional Institution assisted in the hunt for Hysmith, along with the Bay County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit and officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Hysmith was apprehended near the intersection of State 71 and Stone Mill Creek Road after the K-9 Units tracked him over seven miles.

He was armed when taken into custody.

As he was being transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility, Hysmith experienced a medical emergency.

He was transported to Bay Medical Sacred Heart by Gulf County EMS where he received medical treatment and was transported to the Detention Facility to await first-appearance.