Suspect kicks deputy in the face during traffic stop


Photo courtesy: Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office

CRESTVIEW, Fla. (WEAR) A 20-year-old Crestview man is facing felony drug and battery charges after he attacked a deputy during a traffic stop.

The deputy pulled 20-year-old Darion Gillings over in the Burger King parking lot on W. James Lee Boulevard in Crestview for an improper start and saw a .380 caliber pistol between the seat and center console with the hammer pulled back.

During a pat down he smelled marijuana and removed a small plastic bag containing approximately 6 grams of cocaine and a plastic bag containing 1 gram of marijuana from Gillings' front left pants pockets. Gillings told the officer he was a convicted felon when the officer asked about the weapon.

During a search, another deputy recovered a plastic bag containing 1 full dosage unit and 14 fragments of Alprazolam. According to a report the deputy "recognized the quantity of cocaine found on Gillings was consistent with intent to distribute or deliver" and said he was less than 1000 feet away from the First Baptist Church of Crestview.

The deputy also recovered $661 in what is commonly referred to as "Street Roll", which lead the officer to believe Gillings intended to distribute the controlled substances deputies found in his truck.

Deputies say Gillings kicked the door and windows of the patrol car. When one deputy opened the back door to secure Gillings, the 150 pound suspect kicked the deputy in the face, causing his nose to bleed.

Deputies charged Gillings with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute within 1000 feet of a church, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute within 1000 feet of a church, battery on a law enforcement officer, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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