CHIPLEY — Washington County Sheriff’s Office logged several recent drug arrests.

In the early morning hours of June 3, Deputy Landon Fries observed a vehicle traveling northbound on S.R. 77 in an erratic manner. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and noticed the vehicle tag was expired.  

The driver, identified as 59-year-old Gary Duane Rabon of Bonifay, exhibited strange behavior and told the deputy he was aware the tag was not valid.

The deputy asked Rabon to exit the vehicle and conducted a search with consent. Fries found a glass pipe and five grams of methamphetamine on Rabon’s person and a small digital scale in his vehicle. Rabon was booked at Washington County Jail on charges of possession of methamphetamine with the intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Just after 11 p.m. the same day, Washington County Telecommunication Center received a call reporting a possible theft from a store on Main Street in Vernon. Responding deputies encountered a woman matching the description of the suspect. The woman identified herself as Elizabeth Cressey, but dispatch was unable to find a record of the name.

The suspect attempted to pull away from deputies as she was placed under arrest. A short time later, the woman was observed partially out of her restraints and chewing on an unknown substance. She initially refused, but eventually spit several different types of pills on the ground. The deputies were able to identify several of the pills by their markings, one of which was a controlled substance.

Deputies placed the woman back in the patrol car after she repeatedly denied having possession of any other illegal substances. Still unable to confirm the name or date of birth provided by the suspect, Fries transported the woman to Washington County Jail for booking.

Upon arrival at the jail, the woman was searched again and a glass pipe was found in her private parts. The woman provided a second and third name and date of birth that were unable to be confirmed. The deputy eventually confirmed the woman’s identity as 41-year-old Jean Elizabeth Pearsall.

Pearsall was charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of a new legend drug without a prescription, resisting arrest without violence, destruction of evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia, introduction of contraband into a detention facility and two counts of fraud by intentionally giving a false name to a law enforcement officer. Pearsall also had an outstanding warrant for violation of probation out of Bay County.

Fries arrested a third suspect June 5 just before 5 a.m. after spotting a man standing on the sidewalk near Brickyard Road and Falling Waters Road. The man, identified as 39-year-old Darryl Lynn Taylor, Jr., had an outstanding warrant from Indiana. During a search, it was revealed Taylor was in possession of a syringe. Taylor advised the deputy the syringe was loaded with methamphetamine, which field tested positive for that substance.

Taylor was arrested and transported to Washington County Jail on the charge of possession of methamphetamine.

Anyone with knowledge of crimes being committed is asked to contact Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 850-638-6111. Tips may also be submitted anonymously by calling 850-638-TIPS (8477) or by email at tips@wcso.us.