FHP Working To Positively Identify Victim Of Fiery Crash Near Century

January 18, 2022

The Florida Highway Patrol is turning to DNA and medical records to make a positive identification following a fiery single vehicle crash west of Century that claimed a life early Tuesday morning.

The crash happened about 5:50 a.m. on West Highway 4 just west of Tedder Road, less a quarter mile from the Escambia Fire Rescue station in Byrneville.

The silver car was westbound on Highway 4 when it left the roadway and crashed head-on into a large tree about 5:50 a.m. After colliding with the tree, the vehicle became engulfed in fire killing the driver, according to FHP.

FHP has identified a possible family member and contacted that person, but they must await confirmation using DNA and dental records, according to Lt. Jason King. That process may take several days.

The Century and Walnut Hill stations of Escambia Fire Rescue, Escambia County EMS and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the crash.

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Bond Revoked For Child Abuse, Battery Suspect After Another Arrest

January 18, 2022

Bond has  been revoked for a Century man charged with child abuse and the battery of his wife.

Joshua Shane Thompson, 30,  was charged with battery in a domestic violence situation and child abuse. He was released from jail on November 12 after posting a $7,000 bond.

Thompson allegedly grabbed his wife around the throat and attempted to choke her during an argument, according to an arrest report. He then pulled her to the ground by the her hair while she was holding a young child and threatened to shoot her, the report continues. The victim stated she never saw a gun.

He was arrested on a new battery charge in late November. One of his wife’s relatives told the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office that he shoved and punched her during the original incident. He was released on an additional $2,000 bond.

The State Attorney’s Office filed a motion to revoke Thompson’s bond, which was granted by Judge Charles P. Young last Friday.