MILLIGAN, Fla., May 18, 2019—A Crestview man wanted on a felony parole violation was found in possession of a weapon Thursday evening.
An Okaloosa County Sheriff’s supervisor spotted Joshua David Lawrence, 32, in a GMC sport utility vehicle at a gas station in Milligan.
He followed Lawrence until he was able to positively identify him as Lawrence got out of his car a short time later on a Milligan road.
Lawrence ran but was caught after a brief chase.
During a search of Lawrence and his SUV deputies found an AR15 rifle with three full magazines, methamphetamine and marijuana.
In addition to parole violation, Lawrence is now charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, resisting an officer without violence, possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.
According to the arrest report, the rifle was on the back floorboard of the SUV in plain view and immediately accessible.
Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office news release