The Bizarre World of Florida

Man claimed ownership of only legal items in car March 2, 2015

A man pulled over for allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs told deputies that the belongings in the vehicle were his, except for any illegal items.

robert-eugene-pursleyRobert Eugene Pursley was pulled over on Cody Avenue around 2:45 a.m. on Feb. 15, arrest reports said.

After the DUI arrest, 54-year-old Pursley’s vehicle was inventoried before being towed, according to arrest reports. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies found a small baggie of cocaine in the center console.

Pursley told deputies “all the items in his vehicle were his except for anything illegal,” reports said. He refused to submit to a urine test for the DUI and, when asked if a urine test would show cocaine use, allegedly replied with “no comment.”

He is charged with DUI, failing to drive within a single lane, knowingly driving while his license was suspended or revoked and possession of cocaine.


Drug-dealing suspect after arrest: ‘I’m in so much trouble’ February 27, 2015

An 18-year-old high school student has been charged with selling drugs out of his car, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.

hXohF.AuHeEm.69Deputies said Michael Cramer was arrested Monday after he was seen counting cash in his vehicle with a bag of marijuana by his side.

“The deputy responded to a report of suspected drug transactions occurring in a parking lot in the 3700 block of Bee Ridge Road in Sarasota Tuesday afternoon. He approached the vehicle and saw the suspect counting money and a baggie of marijuana. The suspect didn’t notice the deputy until he tapped on the window, and as the suspect got out of the car he said, ‘I’m in so much trouble. There’s a lot more in the trunk,'” a news release states.

After seizing $4,300 in cash and the bag containing 28 grams of marijuana that were in plain view, detectives obtained a search warrant for the vehicle and found 748 Alprazolam tablets, more than six pounds of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and edible products containing THC, according to the release


Thief steals guns, $18,000 in nickels during house party

If you’ve seen someone carrying around $18,000 worth of nickels, police in North Naples, Florida, want to talk with you.

iStock_000051318116_Large_1424899413225_13944100_ver1.0_640_480Investigators said 183 boxes filled with bankrolls of nickels were stolen February 15 during a house party held in a gated community.

The five cent coins were stored in blue and white boxes that were the size of large bricks, Fox4Now reports.

About 360,000 nickels were stolen, weighing 3,968 pounds.

Police are asking local banks and businesses with coin-counting machines to report anyone who attempts to change an exceptionally large amount of nickels into larger bills, according to the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Thieves also made off with a .12-gauge shotgun, a .45-caliber firearm and miscellaneous ammunition in addition to the nickels, CBS Miami reports.


Passed out stripper says drugs are for her aching back February 26, 2015

A woman was found passed out in her running car, breast exposed, skirt hiked up over her waist. A Keys deputy “was concerned,” so he tapped on the window of the Pontiac Vibe, according to the Monroe Sheriff’s Office.

stripper26n-1-webShe awoke and opened her purse to show the deputy her ID. That’s when Sgt. Ken Fricke, investigating the driver on the side of the road at Lower Sugarloaf Channel, noticed two plastic bags, one with marijuana and the other with cocaine, sheriff’s spokeswoman Becky Herrin said Tuesday.

Also in her purse, according to the sheriff’s office: oxycodone, morphine and other drugs, as well as a smoking pipe.

“When he asked her why she had all the drugs,” Herrin said, “ she said it was because her back hurts from being an adult dancer.”

Kayla Gregg, 23, was arrested Monday on Sugarloaf Key and charged with possession of marijuana, cocaine drug paraphernalia and four counts possession of controlled substances


It’s hard to drive when you’re rolling a doobie

Many say texting while driving causes erratic motoring behavior.

It could be argued that rolling a marijuana “blunt” while driving produces a similar effect.

antoine_jamesSt. Lucie County Sheriff’s officials pulled Antione over after noticing his Nissan swerving on St. James Drive in Port St. Lucie, an affidavit states. It swerved to the middle of the road, and then to the right.It’s a conclusion that might be drawn from the Feb. 6 arrest of 26-year-old James Antoine.

While searching the Nissan, investigators found marijuana, powder cocaine and crack cocaine, items generally frowned upon by law enforcement officials.

During an interview with sheriff’s officials, Antoine said he was swerving because he was rolling a marijuana “blunt” while driving.

Blunt refers to a marijuana cigarette rolled with a cigar wrapper.

Antoine explained the pot odor in the vehicle by saying “he just smoked before being stopped.”

He also said the cocaine and marijuana belonged to him.

Antoine, of the 300 block of Southwest Feldman Avenue in Port St. Lucie, was arrested on three drug-related charges.


Man Tosses Drugs from Vehicle, Lands on Hood of Police Car February 24, 2015

A vehicle passenger pulled over by  Kissimmee police for a traffic stop on Jan. 16 probably hoped that the bag of cocaine he threw out the sunroof landed somewhere else besides the hood of a patrol car.

1421256373972The passenger, Luis Vazquez, 30, was observed by a Kissimmee police officer throwing something out the sunroof of the gold-colored Acura when the officer attempted pull over the car. He was driven by 38-year-old Jose Vales, who failed to stop at a red light, reports stated.

It was a bag of cocaine, and it landed on the hood of the officer’s cruiser, according to police reports.

A stop for a traffic ticket turned into an arrest on multiple counts for the pair, including evidence tampering for tossing the drugs.

The event occurred around 2 a.m., when Cpl. Christopher Breuer was headed northbound on Michigan Avenue. After he had to quickly slam on his brakes to avoid hitting the Acura when it made a right-turn from Mill Slough Road without stopping for a red light.

According to the arrest report, Breuer turned on his lights to initiate a traffic stop, and moments later saw Vazquez, the passenger, put his hands on the roof, open the sunroof and throw something out.

“I observed a clear bag come out of the sun roof and fly into the air,” Breuer wrote in the report. “This same bag landed on the hood of my vehicle as I slowed down.”

He stopped his cruiser to retrieve the bag, which he identified as powder cocaine.

He continued on to stop the Acura, which had pulled into the 7-Eleven store at the corner of Michigan and Donegan Avenue, and only told Vales he was conducting a
traffic stop.

Breuer instructed a second officer who arrived to remove Vazquez from the vehicle, at which time Vales, the driver, spontaneously said Vazquez had thrown the baggie out the window.

“I still had not informed Vales that I observed or even recovered the baggie of cocaine that was thrown from the vehicle,” Breuer wrote in the report. “I thanked Vales for telling me what I already knew and then asked him if there was anything illegal inside his vehicle or on his person.”

The officer searched Vales and found a baggie, like the one thrown from the vehicle, with trace amounts of cocaine. Vales said Vazquez put it in his pocket when he saw the police lights and said Vazquez threw the other bag out the sunroof.

Police also found a bag of cannabis under the driver’s seat. Aside from receiving a ticket for running the red light, Vales was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of cannabis under 20 grams and possession of cocaine. He was held in the Osceola County Jail on $1,500 bond.

Vazquez, who was taken into custody on a separate battery warrant in Osceola County, was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with evidence.
He was held in jail on $2,500 bond. Both have since bonded out.


Staff recognized ‘regular customer’ at Dunkin’ Donuts who robbed them

A “regular customer” accused of robbing a doughnut shop in Margate and then threatening officers with a stun gun is behind bars, police said.

doughnutDunkin’ Donuts employees told police they recognized Lashan Patrick Jackson, 40, Saturday after he walked into the business at 399 South State Road 7 wearing a mask and carrying a rifle, according to the arrest report.

“If you don’t open the safe, I’m going to shoot you,” he said to the manager, according to the report.

Jackson followed the woman to the safe, pointing the rifle at her back. When the safe was opened, he grabbed a box with several rolls of coins and two TD Bank bags containing approximately $3,000, police said.

He left the restaurant and went around back to discard the rifle in a dumpster but missed and it hit the ground. Police said they later determined it was a pellet gun.

Witnesses saw Jackson walk away, get into a red four-door Chevrolet with a temporary tag, and drive off. While police were questioning them, one witness saw the red Chevy drive past the restaurant and pointed it out to the officers, the report said. Officers followed the car.

Cops stopped the suspect’s vehicle at 1100 S. State Rd. 7 in North Lauderdale. Officers said they found Jackson at the wheel and the rolled coins and TD Bank bags in the back seat. They also found $2,758 in the glove box, Dunkin’ Donuts deposit slips, and a blue jacket and mask similar to those worn by the armed robber, police said.

The witnesses identified Jackson, saying they were 100 percent certain he was the armed robber. They told detectives he came to the doughnut shop at least once a day and that they recognized his hair style, skin tone, build, mannerisms and eyes despite the mask worn during the holdup, police said.

After he was arrested, Jackson got into a struggle with police when they tried to put him in a holding cell.

Jackson grabbed one officer’s stun gun, police said. “I’m going to kill you,” he told the officer, but the stun gun but misfired, the arrest report stated. Then he grabbed an officer and ordered him to open the cell door. The officer refused and the struggle resumed.

The stun gun fired but no one was hit. Jackson then declared he was HIV positive and tried to bite the officer, police said. Several officers subdued him.

Jackson faces charges that include armed robbery, kidnapping, aggravated assault, resisting arrest with violence and escape, among others. He was ordered held without bond, jail records showed.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement records show he was convicted of sexual assault on a minor in 1993.



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