A 32-year-old Apalachicola man was arrested Friday and faces six charges following a prescription drug forgery investigation and a speedy vehicle drive off that nearly injured one of the investigating deputies, according to Wakulla County Sheriff Donnie Crum.
Joshua Nathan Dansereau was arrested and charged with resisting an officer by fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement; aggravated assault on a police officer; forgery by altering a prescription; resisting an officer with violence; resisting an officer without violence; and forgery to obtain a controlled substance.
Dansereau is also being held for an out-of-county warrant from Franklin County. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office reported that Dansereau was wanted in their jurisdiction for the theft of a drug prescription pad from an Apalachicola doctor’s office. Pharmacy officials at Wal-Mart contacted the Wakulla Sheriff’s Office about a suspicious prescription request. Contact was made with the doctor’s office which confirmed the prescription was not valid.
According to the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office, deputies closed in on their suspect and attempted to arrest Dansereau when he fled the store on foot and jumped into a motor vehicle to flee the area.
Deputy Will Hudson attempted to verbally stop the suspect while also opening the vehicle door as the suspect attempted to drive away. Dansereau rapidly accelerated his vehicle with Hudson’s arm caught inside the vehicle, nearly crushing the deputy between the fleeing vehicle and a vehicle parked in the Wal-Mart parking lot.
Hudson was able to safely free himself from the vehicle as Dansereau slowed to make a right turn toward U.S. 319. Dansereau turned southbound on U.S. 319 where he was spotted by Detectives Derek Lawhon, Nick Boutwell and Lorne Whaley in the area of Donaldson-Williams Road. The detectives made a traffic stop, but Dansereau refused to exit the vehicle or open its window. Deputies reported that for officer safety, they used force on the window to secure the suspect.
Dansereau was transported to the Wakulla County Jail where he remains under a $43,000 bond. The vehicle was impounded at the sheriff’s office. Sgt. Jeremy Johnston and Deputy Nick Gray also investigated the case,