Holt Fire aids after failed getaway crash in Crestview

A 2009 Cadillac lays upside down after an attempted getaway in Crestview Aug. 20. The driver, unhurt in the crash, was arrested at gunpoint. (Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office)

CRESTVIEW, Fla., Aug. 21, 2021—Holt Fire District responded to a rollover crash yesterday in Crestview around 7 p.m.

Holt Fire responded with Engine 33 out of North Okaloosa Fire District’s Milligan substation to provide mutual aid support while North Okaloosa and Crestview fire units battled a structural fire on Chanan Drive in a neighborhood south of Interstate 10.

The car accident was a result of a high-speed chase that ended when the suspect crashed the 2009 Cadillac he was driving.

Tremayne Devonte Drake

Arrested was Crestview resident Tremayne Devonte Drake, 34, on charges of fleeing to elude with disregard to safety, driving with a suspended license and various drug charges, including cocaine possession with intent to sell and marijuana possession.

This was the second time in three months that Drake fled from law enforcement and was arrested on similar charges, according to an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office news release.

When an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputy saw Drake run a stop sign at School Avenue and Benjamin Street yesterday and attempted to make a traffic stop, Drake sped off, reaching speeds in excess of 70 mph in a residential area, according to the arrest report.

After about a mile-and-a-half pursuit, Drake eventually crashed and overturned in a ditch on Williams Avenue when he lost control at a turn on wet pavement.

Drake, unhurt during the accident, was arrested at gun point, according to the arrest report.

During a search of the car, deputies found 6 grams of crack cocaine, 1 gram of powder cocaine, 1 gram of MDMA, 55 grams of marijuana, a digital scale with cocaine residue and a package of “small condoms,” according to the report.

Drake was arrested May 29 for fleeing and eluding with disregard to safety, cocaine possession with intent to distribute and driving with a suspended license after a high-speed chase on State Road 85 north.

During that incident, Drake drove 80 mph through residential neighborhoods and ignored multiple traffic control devices before finally being taken into custody, according to the news release.

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