CRESTVIEW — A Crestview man was arrested Thursday after he allegedly chased another man in a truck and fired shots at him over what was described as a failed drug deal, lawmen say.
The incident began early Thursday morning when the apparent victim called 9-1-1 to report an angry friend was following his truck and shooting at him.
Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies were told two men in a red Ford truck were chasing and shooting at the victim’s white truck, according to a press release from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.
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An OCSO sergeant spotted both vehicles westbound on U.S. Highway 90 and attempted a traffic stop.
After a chase down multiple streets, the suspects were pursued to a dead end on GMC Lane. The driver jumped out and ran.
The front seat passenger remained and was taken into custody.
Michael White Jr., 26, of Crestview, is now charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and possession of a firearm or ammo by a convicted felon.
Deputies also made contact with the apparent victim, who had a deep laceration to the face.
He said he was asleep in his truck at White’s residence on Woodland Street around 4 a.m. when White pulled him out and began beating him with a handgun.
The victim got back into his vehicle and took off, but says White fired a gun at him from the porch, then got into the red Ford with another man.
A chase ensued, with multiple shots fired. The victim told deputies White was upset over a failed drug deal the day before.
The investigation is continuing and additional charges are forthcoming.