CRESTVIEW — A Tuesday afternoon traffic crash did more than knock out power in the Brackin Street area. It also sent a Crestview man to jail on narcotics charges.
According to a press release from the Crestview Police Department, Rayshawn Durrell Shoffner, 24, was charged with four counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance after he crashed his 2017 Kia sedan into a utility pole at the intersection of Brackin Street and First Avenue East, snapping the pole in two and bringing down a cascade of cables.
After Gulf Power shut off electricity to the downed cables, a Crestview K9 unit at the scene performed an open-air sniff around the car, at which time K9 Sonic alerted on the passenger side front door, indicating the presence of narcotics.
His partner, Officer Jay Seals, then discovered a small drawstring bag that yielded nearly 5 grams of suspected heroin, 0.79s gram of suspected cocaine and 2.15 grams of suspected methamphetamine.
A cigarillo composed of suspected marijuana, a digital scale ( commonly used to weigh narcotics), two bottles of liquor and more than $150 in small bills were also discovered in the vehicle.
The suspected narcotics were field tested and yielded presumptive positive results for each.
As a result of the crash, an estimated 190 Gulf Power customers were without power for more than four hours, including the Crestview Rehabilitation Center on First Avenue East.
Shoffner is being held in the Okaloosa County Jail.