OCSO: Crestview man who rammed FHP cars, ditched narcotics during police chase is arrested
A 30-year-old man who allegedly fled across state and into Alabama during a police pursuit and threw narcotics out his car's window was taken into custody on Thursday.
Lawrence Wayne Dumas of Crestview had outstanding felony warrants from the Florida Highway Patrol and the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, according to an OCSO news release.
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The warrants stemmed from an April 22 incident in which FHP troopers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle that had failed to yield while traveling westbound on Interstate 10 in Walton County.
The driver, later identified as Dumas, refused to stop and a pursuit ensued. During the pursuit, Dumas intentionally rammed FHP vehicles and avoided several attempts by the troopers to end the pursuit, OCSO reported.
The pursuit continued into Oklaoosa County, where the Sheriff’s Office became involved. Dumas eventually crossed into Covington County, Alabama, and was pursued by Alabama state and local law enforcement until the pursuit was called off.
Gallon-sized bags of narcotics Dumas had thrown from the window were recovered from the roadway and contained residue that tested positive for methamphetamine, OCSO said.
Members of the Sheriff’s Office’s Special Investigation Section apprehended Dumas two weeks later in the 300 block of North Booker Street in Crestview.
Dumas was served with warrants for fleeing and attempting to elude and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.
While investigators were taking Dumas into custody, they found multiple plastic bottles of codeine weighing 280 grams, one gram of cocaine, and about 50 grams of marijuana, OCSO reported.
Dumas was transported to the Okaloosa County Jail to await his first appearance, and will be facing additional drug possession charges.