Suspect dropped straw, escaped until 'the chain of his bike broke and he then tripped'

Suspect dropped straw, escaped until ‘the chain of his bike broke and he then tripped’

(As originally published , Fri, December 8th 2023, 2:59 PM EST)

LADY LAKE, Fla. (TND) — The report of a suspicious person outside a pain clinic led to a sheriff’s deputy, a minor accident, a chase, and two felony charges.

It all happened last Tuesday, Nov. 28, by the National Pain Institute in Lady Lake, Fla.

An employee claimed she saw someone “wandering around, circling the building,” after which the deputy arrived and met up with Samuel Garrett.

She wrote in his arrest report, “As I was about to initiate a warning of trespass, the defendant dropped a blue straw that is known to me through my training and experience to be commonly used to ingest illicit narcotics.”

Garrett didn’t hang around for that or his straw.

Suspect dropped straw, escaped until 'the chain of his bike broke and he then tripped'
Samuel Garrett was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, and one count each of possession of drug paraphernalia and obstructing an officer without violence, Nov. 28, 2023. (Sumter Co. Sheriff’s Office)

According to the arrest report, “The defendant jumped on his bike and took off southbound. … I told the defendant to stop, then followed him with my red and blue emergency lights on as he looked back and pedaled faster, continuing to resist my efforts to detain him.

“As the defendant rode off, he went through the parking lot of Aldi’s where the chain of his bicycle broke and then he tripped. [Another deputy] was able to cut him off, driving into the parking lot. [That deputy] pulled out his taser and gave the defendant verbal commands to stay on the ground. The defendant then complied and was arrested without further incident.”

The first deputy reported searching Garrett and finding “a zip-up eyeglass case that contained numerous cut up blue straws, a glass pipe and burned aluminum foil, needles and a purple substance that later tested presumptive positive for heroin, and two unidentified pills.

“Inside the aluminum foil, a clear baggie containing a white powdered substance was discovered, which later tested presumptive positive for fentanyl. The unknown purple substance that tested positive for heroin was solid and weighed less than 4 grams.

“The initial blue straw that the defendant dropped upon seeing me later field tested positive for fentanyl.”

Garrett, 39, was arrested and charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, and one count each of possession of drug paraphernalia and obstructing an officer without violence.

His bond was set at $4,000 and he has not been released.

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