Fugitive arrested in Crestview

CRESTVIEW, Fla., May 6, 2021—A Crestview man was arrested today on charges stemming from a traffic stop in April.

Lawrence Wayne Dumas

Lawrence Wayne Dumas, 27, was arrested for fleeing and attempting to elude, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and drug charges.

Further charges are pending.

Members of the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, Special Investigations Section, arrived at the 300 block of N. Booker Street in Crestview to serve warrants on Dumas who had outstanding felony warrants from both the Florida Highway Patrol and OCSO pertaining to an incident two weeks ago, according to an OCSO news release.

On April 22, troopers attempted a traffic stop on Dumas who was traveling westbound on Interstate 10 in Walton County.

When he refused to stop, the troopers gave chase.

During the pursuit, Dumas threw large quantities of suspected narcotics out the window of his vehicle as he fled.

Gallon-sized plastic bags were later recovered from the roadway that tested positive for methamphetamine.

Dumas intentionally rammed FHP vehicles and avoided several law enforcement technique attempts to end the pursuit.

The chase continued into Okaloosa County where the Sheriff’s Office became involved.

Dumas fled into Covington County in Alabama and was pursued by Alabama state and local law enforcement who eventually called off the pursuit.

During today’s arrest, Dumas again tried to drive off; however, investigators had blocked him in with their vehicle and wedged him between their vehicle and an abandoned residence, according to the arrest report.

Upon arrest, investigators found approximately 280 grams of codeine in a number of plastic bottles, less than 1 gram of cocaine and approximately 50 grams of marijuana in his possession.

Before today’s arrest, Dumas was released from jail on a Santa Rosa County bond for trafficking methamphetamine.

Arrest report and Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office news release

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