911 Caller: “He's fighting the deputy tooth and nail. They're in the middle of the road.”
DEFUNIAK SPRINGS — The Walton County Sheriff's Office is calling one woman a good Samaritan for calling 911 after seeing a deputy struggle with an arrest Friday.
The arrest began at 9:30 a.m. after a deputy saw Dekian Rashawn Clinch, 23, driving across the intersection of West Violet Lane and Girl Scout Road with no license plate, according to a press release from the Sheriff's Office.
The deputy pulled Clinch over for the violation, but Clinch told him he did not need a license plate or a driver's license to travel.
Clinch made other statements indicating he was in line with being a sovereign citizen, the release said.
The deputy attempted to arrest Clinch, but he resisted. The two ended up in the street where a woman passing by called 911.
“He’s fighting the deputy tooth and nail,” the caller said. “They’re in the middle of the road.”
Backup was dispatched, however, the deputy was able to get Clinch into custody.
Deputies searched his vehicle on probable cause and a backpack containing approximately 110 Xanax bars, numerous oxycodone and hydrocodone pills, two bags of suspected powder cocaine, paraphernalia and a loaded Smith and Wesson handgun were found.
Clinch was arrested for possession with intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and drug paraphernalia.
He was transported and booked into the Walton County Jail.