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Car chase in Martin County ends in arrest of suspected drug trafficker

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Car chase in Martin County ends in arrest of suspected drug trafficker (MCSO)

A 32-year-old man is facing drug trafficking charges after refusing to pull over for a traffic stop, the Martin County Sheriff's Office said.

The chase happened Friday afternoon on the Turnpike.

David Rashaun Hamil of West Palm Beach sped off in his SUV to avoid being pulled over, according to the Sheriff's Office. As he was fleeing, he ran through a Martin County interdiction operation.

Detectives taking part in the operation helped by deploying tire deflation devices, but Hamil kept going, the Sheriff's Office said. Detectives then initiated a "vehicle intervention technique" to get him to pull over.

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During the pursuit, detectives noticed that Hamil tossed something out of the SUV, according to the Sheriff's Office. That object turned out to be a bag with 99 grams of fentanyl and 9.5 grams of crack cocaine.

Hamil was taken to the Martin County Jail, where he was charged with trafficking in fentanyl and fleeing and eluding.



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