Telling officer about meth in pocket means no charge, right? ... Wrong


Published: Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 11:10 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 11:10 a.m.

Hubert Wayne Simmons thought that if he told the police officer who stopped him after a 100-mph chase that he had meth in his pocket, he wouldn't charge him with it.

He was wrong.

Simmons, 50, of 1448 SE Adams St., High Springs, was headed east in the 300 block of Northeast Santa Fe Boulevard in High Springs around 3 a.m. when High Springs Police Officer Ethan Presnell pulled behind the Chevy pickup.

Simmons began speeding up, and the officer started to chase him at around 100 mph without closing ground, according to the police report.

Simmons turned south onto Northwest 202nd Street still at speeds topping 90 mph before he finally stopped. Presnell pulled him from the truck at gunpoint, the report said.

Simmons first told Presnell he didn't realize that the officer was behind him, then said he tried to get away because he was afraid he would violate his probation since his truck had an expired tag.

In the patrol car, Simmons told the officer that he had meth in his pocket but that it might have fallen out. He said he thought that if he was honest about it, the officer would not charge him.

Presnell found a plastic bag with 1 gram of meth, and Simmons was arrested on charges of fleeing a police officer — and possession of a controlled substance.

He was being held at the Alachua County jail on Thursday on $10,000 bond.

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