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Florida sex offender swallows meth, almost crashes into patrol car during police chase him

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A Florida man who failed to register as a sexual offender fled from deputies, almost hit a patrol car and crashed into a fence and shed, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

The incident happened after a deputy tried to pull Darrell Bailey over on Wednesday at about 5:35 p.m. in Mulberry, the department said.

Bailey, 43, drove away from the officer’s lights and sirens and then spun out in the Dodge Ram pickup he was driving after an officer attempted a P.I.T (precision immobilization technique) maneuver, the sheriff’s office said.

“Bailey regained control of his truck and drove at an occupied patrol car, narrowly missing it” before he drove over a fence, struck a shed, and came to a stop, the sheriff’s office said.

As deputies caught up to him and arrested him, they said he admitted fleeing because he thought he had warrants for his arrest and also had methamphetamine on him.

“He also told deputies that he intentionally swallowed the baggie of meth so it wouldn’t be found,” the department said.

Bailey had Alprazolam and drug paraphernalia on him, the department said.

“This was an epic fail for this guy,” Sheriff Grady Judd said in a statement the sheriff’s office wrote on its Facebook page. “He had a warrant for failing to register as a sex offender, he failed to stop for deputies, he failed at getting away — he made a lot of choices today, but failed several times with those choices. We’re extremely grateful though, that he failed to hit our deputy with his truck.”

Bailey was taken to the Polk County Jail and charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, fleeing to elude a law enforcement officer, tampering with evidence, criminal mischief over $1000, possession of methamphetamine, possession of Alprazolam, break/injure fence, possession of drug paraphernalia, and knowingly driving while license suspended/revoked.

Previously, the department said, Bailey has been hit with 15 felony charges and eight misdemeanors for crimes including sex offense against a child-fondling, robbery, burglary, grand theft motor vehicle, grand theft, hit & run, fleeing to elude, failure to register as a sex offender, reckless driving, resisting, retail theft, battery, petit theft, harassing phone calls, driving without a valid drivers license, failure to appear, and violation of probation.

Read the Polk County Sheriff’s Office news release here.

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