A Florida teenager was arrested on March 13 and charged with numerous felony counts after a vehicle accident in Ocala. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the 18-year-old was taken into custody at approximately 3:24 a.m. following the crash at the intersection of US 441 and NE 35th Street.
According to the police report, law enforcement responded to a report of a collision between a Toyota Corolla and a fuel tanker. When law enforcement made contact with the driver they noticed a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the interior of his vehicle. Also visible within the Corolla were 10 stolen traffic signs from the surrounding area including speed limit signs, a do not enter sign, and a stop sign.
The driver was placed under arrest. While doing an inventory search of the vehicle Florida Highway Patrol discovered alcohol, drug paraphernalia, and over 20 grams of marijuana. Law enforcement transported him to the Marion County Jail where he was charged with grand theft, criminal mischief, possession of marijuana over 20 grams, intent to sell, possession of alcohol by a minor, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
It’s not uncommon to see a vehicle accident lead to additional, more serious charges after law enforcement on the scene begins to investigate. An individual facing a charge of drug possession or intent to sell can face serious consequences including fines, restitution, and even incarceration. An attorney with experience in criminal defense law may be able to help guide that individual through the criminal justice system.