Apalachicola police officers arrested a Carrabelle man Saturday afternoon after finding crack cocaine in his car after stopping him for running a stop sign.
Apalachicola Police Chief Bobby Varnes said Robert Brennan Lemuel Walden, 21, was stopped by Apalachicola Police Officer Timothy Davis at about 4:15 p.m. after Walden failed to obey a stop sign at the intersection of 24th Avenue and Earl King Street.
After the stop, Deputy Jody Martina, with the sheriff’s office’s K-9 Unit, used his service dog to conduct a search around the vehicle, and was alerted to the presence of drugs, Varnes said.
A search of the vehicle yielded about five or six pieces of crack cocaine hidden inside a cigarette box, with an estimated street value of $150 to $200, Varnes said. Officers said that during the search Walden held an infant child in his arms, and that once drugs were uncovered, he tossed the child on the car seat, grabbed the drugs and fled the vehicle on foot.
Sheriff’s deputies and Apalachicola police officers caught up with Walden after a 100-yard foot chase. Martina commanded Walden to stop, and then employed a Taser to subdue him after he became violent, fighting and biting the officers, Varnes said.
Walden was arrested and booked into the Franklin County Jail on possession of a controlled substance, tampering with evidence, battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence, corruption by threat and child abuse.