On April 29, 2013, Quincy police officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a known person operating a vehicle with a revoked driver’s license. The driver, David Smith, Jr., 29, Quincy, first refused to stop but soon did stop temporarily. As the officer prepared to make contact with him, Smith backed his car up, ramming the officer’s patrol vehicle and quickly driving off.
Fortunately, the officer was not injured.
While fleeing the suspect lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a citizen’s privacy fence. Smith fled the car on foot and was unable to be located at that time.
On Monday, May 6, QPD received information from the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office that David Smith, Jr. might be hiding in a mobile home park in Quincy. QPD officers and members of the GCSO went to Vonadors Trailer Park to attempt to locate Smith.
While officers were walking in the park they observed Smith looking out the front door of one of the mobile homes. Knowing Smith by sight, the officers gave chase as Smith fled out the side door of the home. Law enforcement officers from both agencies chased Smith on foot for approximately 10 minutes in the neighborhood before he gave up, exhausted.
At that time a search of Smith’s person revealed 43 pieces of crack cocaine, a small bag of marijuana and 11 MDMA (ecstasy) pills.
The car Smith fled from on April 29 contained 49 pieces of crack cocaine, a small bag of marijuana and several unknown pills.
Smith was arrested and taken to the Gadsden County Jail.
Smith is charged with possession of crack cocaine, possession of MDMA and possession of marijuana. He was also charged with the warrants from April 29th for aggravated assault on law enforcement officers, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of MDMA and a host of traffic offenses.
According to Asst. Chief Glenn Sapp, “Drugs are like termites that destroy the foundation of families and communities. The QPD will do everything we can to arrest those peddling this poison to our city’s kids.”
If anyone has information about drug dealers and illegal drug activity they are asked to contact the Quincy Police Department’s CID supervisor, Lt. Larry Gilyard, at (850) 627-7111.