FHP Makes Drug Trafficking And Weapons Arrest After Chase

December 3, 2022

An Escambia County man is facing a long list of drug and weapons charges after fleeing from a Florida Highway Patrol trooper.

A trooper was conducting traffic enforcement on West Michigan Avenue in the area of Montgomery Avenue when he observed a silver 2022 Chevrolet Malibu commit several traffic infractions. The trooper initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle occ by 26-year old Dymitri Antonio Thomas.

Initially, the vehicle pulled onto the east shoulder of Montgomery Avenue, but when the trooper exited his vehicle, Thomas made a U-turn and fled southbound on Montgomery Avenue before making a right turn onto West Michigan.

Thomas traveled westbound in the eastbound lane of West Michigan and struck a Nissan SUV.

Thomas exited the vehicle and ran away.

Two troopers arrived on scene and chased the suspect on foot. Troopers said while Thomas was running, he removed a Glock 48 .9 mm handgun from his waistband and thew it to the ground. The gun was later recovered by troopers.

A probable cause search of the vehicle found a trafficking amount of fentanyl, cocaine, oxycodone, and other drug paraphernalia.

Thomas was apprehended in the parking lot of Publix on Mobile Highway. He was charged with:

  • Resisting without violence
  • Possession of firearm/ammunition by convicted felon
  • Operating a motor vehicle without a valid license
  • Prisoner escape
  • Reckless driving
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Possession of marijuana with intent to sell
  • Trafficking fentanyl
  • Trafficking cocaine
  • Trafficking oxycodone

Jail records also show eight additional charges against Thomas by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office including:

  • Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon
  • Tampering in a felony proceeding
  • Battery
  • Grand theft
  • Aggravated battery with a pregnant victim
  • Resisting without violence
  • Providing a false ID to law enforcement
  • Possession of a a controlled substance

Thomas remained in the Escambia County Jail with bond set at $309,500.


10 Responses to “FHP Makes Drug Trafficking And Weapons Arrest After Chase”

  1. M McClintock on December 3rd, 2022 7:50 pm

    He’s out – paid his bond amount with most likely his or the dope pushers drug money.

    Booking Date: 12/01/2022 03:10 PM Released: 12/02/2022 11:05 PM

    Bond Amount: $309500.00

  2. RayeG on December 3rd, 2022 4:20 pm

    There should never be a bond for fentanyl…. Murder/Manslaughter. intent is there.

  3. steve on December 3rd, 2022 12:35 pm

    So when cars run from the police they have broken other laws which are far far worse? Crazy to think that.

  4. David on December 3rd, 2022 11:35 am

    Kudos to our Florida Highway Patrol. I am so glad to see their apprehension of this dope pusher, and I pray that he remains away from society for a very long time. He is a purveyor of death within our community, and it is my hope that whoever his supplier is will be taken down as well. Great job officers, as you have done Escambia County a great service.

  5. Local on December 3rd, 2022 11:30 am

    Agree with Ian. Fed up with this trash!!

  6. sam on December 3rd, 2022 10:58 am

    i’m surprised he’s not out on bail already. our justice system stinks.

  7. Denny on December 3rd, 2022 10:57 am

    His look says “Yeah, you got me.”

  8. Susie on December 3rd, 2022 10:02 am

    Hopefully this moron will snitch out his dealer. They both should be charged with numerous counts of attempted murder. Great job FHP!

  9. Jcellops on December 3rd, 2022 9:51 am

    No doubt, future lives were saved. A huge “thank you” To all officers involved in his capture.

  10. Ian on December 3rd, 2022 3:22 am

    50 years in prison for peddling that poison that kills so many – no parole

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