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Holmes County traffic pursuit ends with drug arrest

On Friday, Feb. 25, Jaerius Dashaunn Throne, 25, of Defuniak Springs was arrested  after fleeing the scene of a traffic stop where drugs were discovered.

While monitoring traffic in the area of mile marker 96 of Interstate 10, a state trooper observed Throne speeding at 100 miles per hour in a grey SUV .

During the traffic stop, the trooper detected a strong odor of marijuana. While speaking with Throne, the trooper asked him to exit the vehicle, at which time the driver placed the vehicle in drive and sped off. A pursuit began.

Another trooper arrived on scene and attempted a  precession immobilization technique maneuver, but the driver was able to regain control as he began to travel westbound on the Interstate.

During the pursuit, Throne threw several bags of drugs out of the window. Shortly after tossing the drugs out, the pursuit came to an end, and a felony traffic stop was performed by the two troopers.

The suspect was safely apprehended, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission was able to respond to the scene and assist with obtaining one of the large bags, which was tossed into the water during the pursuit.

The evidence was delivered to the trooper on scene of the arrest and was used to determine the charges assessed against Throne.

He was charged with possession with intent to sell marijuana, felony fleeing and eluding law enforcement, reckless driving, possession of drug paraphernalia, improper use of a medical card and speeding.

Throne was booked into the Holmes County Jail without incident.

The estimated weight of the marijuana was near two pounds. 

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