West Palm Beach Man Accused Of Crashing Into Vehicle, Fleeing Deputies
INDIANTOWN — A West Palm Beach man is accused of crashing into a vehicle, fleeing from deputies, and trafficking methamphetamine.
Martin County Sheriff’s Office officials released information about the arrest. Deputies said they were called about a hit-and-run at Southwest Carter Lane and Southwest Farm Road.
When they arrived at the crash, they spoke with a man who had vehicle damage and said someone driving a black four-door Chrysler crashed into him and left.
The Sheriff’s Office’s Aviation Unit and deputies on the ground searched for the man and spotted the vehicle on Southwest Farm Road, deputies said.
The person in the Chrysler drove it into a wooded area, then ran into an area with thick bushes. Deputies said he carried a plastic bag, later found to contain 1 kilogram, or about 2 pounds, of meth. Deputies searched for hours until a K-9 officer alerted deputies to a bushy area where they found the driver, 34, of West Palm Beach.
The driver hit the dog, who then bit him, and he continued to fight with the dog, deputies said.
Deputies arrested him on two counts of trafficking methamphetamine, along with charges of leaving the scene of a crash involving damage, resisting arrest without violence, driving without a driver’s license and fleeing or attempting to flee law enforcement officers.
Deputies said he was illegally in the country and was detained by U.S. Border Patrol.
A search warrant was issued for his phone. From his phone, deputies said they learned he had smuggled meth from Mexico into America through border states such as Texas.
He was taken to the Martin County Jail and bail was set at $200,000. He remained in jail at the time of this report.
Attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded about the crash. “A Hit-and-run is one of the worst type of accidents. When that person that fled the scene is caught you have rights that are different then in a regular car crash. Make sure you speak to a licensed professional about your rights”.
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