Crestview Man Arrested Twice Within Three Months for Fleeing From Law Enforcement

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Crestview, FL — Less than three months after a Crestview man led Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a high-speed chase that ended with his arrest, he faces several of the same charges in connection with an incident yesterday in Crestview that ended when he crashed his car.

Tremayne Devonte Drake

34-year old Tremayne Devonte Drake is charged with fleeing and eluding with disregard to the safety of people or property, driving with a suspended license – third or more offense, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and more.

An OCSO deputy spotted Drake run a stop sign at School Avenue and Benjamin Street and tried to make a traffic stop, but Drake rapidly accelerated, going in excess of 70 miles an hour in a residential area before crashing into a ditch and overturning off Williams Avenue. He had no serious injuries.

Deputies found a cookie of crack cocaine, powder cocaine, MDMA, marijuana and digital scales.

On May 29th, Drake had been arrested by the OCSO for fleeing and eluding with disregard to the safety of people or property, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and driving with a suspended license – all after a high-speed chase on Highway 85 North.

In that incident Drake drove 80 miles an hour through residential neighborhoods and ignored multiple traffic control devices.

Drake’s overturned vehicle

During the chase, law enforcement lost sight of Drake’s 2009 black Cadillac. While canvassing the area, the suspect vehicle was located in the back yard of a residence on Amos Street. Deputies continued the canvass the area and located the suspected driver, Tremayne Drake, in the back yard of a residence on South Brett Street.

Drake fled on foot after being given several verbal commands by law enforcement. After a short foot pursuit, Drake ultimately surrendered and was taken into custody.

During a post Miranda interview, Drake admitted to driving the Cadillac and stated the reason for fleeing was because of his suspended driver license. According to the arrest report, Drake made several “boastful” statements regarding the manner in which he evaded law enforcement.

The arrest report further stated suspected powder cocaine as well as crack cocaine was discovered in the immediate proximity where Drake was apprehended. The suspected powder cocaine and crack cocaine did test positive for cocaine.

A bearcat scanner was also located in the vehicle that Drake fled in. The scanner was still operating and was broadcasting the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office frequency that the vehicle pursuit was transmitted on.

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