Drug dealer ejected after crashing into palm tree fleeing police

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INDIAN RIVER CO., FL – A suspected drug dealer was sent to the hospital for multiple injuries after crashing his car into a palm tree while fleeing police.

The driver was arrested with 3 pounds marijuana, other drugs.

“A malfunctioning headlight led to the arrest of an out-of-town driver who was traveling with three pounds of marijuana, among other drugs, and a gun,” the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office said. “One of our deputies was on patrol Monday evening along County Road 512 near County Road 510 when he noticed a black Chevy Malibu with a headlight out.”

The deputy tried to stop the driver, but he wouldn’t stop. Instead, the driver doused the vehicle’s lights and continued west toward Interstate 95 at a high rate of speed. The driver failed to negotiate a shift in the road and crashed into a cabbage palm in the median, flipping his vehicle.


The deputy arrived at the scene found the driver stumbling in the roadway.

“It’s possible the driver was ejected from the vehicle,” the department said. “The man then refused to comply with commands and ran to the side of his vehicle, concealing his hands near his waist.”

The driver was taken into custody and was transported to Holmes Regional to be treated for a broken nose and facial lacerations.Inside the vehicle, we found several bookbags containing various illegal narcotics, including three pounds of marijuana, 14 grams of powder cocaine, bags of pills, and liquid TCH pens.

“We also found a bloody pistol under the car, which was discovered when the car was moved by a tow truck,” police said.

Charges are pending against the driver, who is not publicly being identified at this time due to the nature of the case.

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