Keystone Heights Man Arrested after Attempting to Flee from Deputy
Melrose, FL: On July 29, 2014 at approximately 4:30 am Deputy Donny Jordan attempted to stop a Toyota Camry that he observed speeding on State Road 21 in the area of Price Road. When Deputy Jordan turned around to make the traffic stop the driver, later identified as 31 year old Kristopher James Wanton, accelerated rapidly in an attempt to flee. Deputy Jordan pursued Wanton for approximately 10 minutes along Baden Powell Road and the area around Cue Lake before Wanton spun out in soft sand and came to a stop while attempting to make a right turn onto Quail Way. After being taken into custody, a search of Wanton’s person revealed him to be in the possession of marijuana and an inventory search of the vehicle revealed Crack Cocaine, Hydrocodone, Methamphetamine, Xanax and drug paraphernalia. In addition, Wanton was also found to be driving on a suspended license.
Wanton was arrested and transported to the Putnam County Jail where he was booked on the below listed charges and is currently being held on a bond of $9,032.00.
- Three counts of the possession of drugs
- One count of the possession of cocaine
- One count of the possession of marijuana
- One count of the possession of drug equipment
- One count of resisting an officer
- One moving traffic violation