A Vernon man is back behind bars after being released a little more than a week ago on unrelated aggravated battery charges.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office reports deputies were preparing to serve active felony warrants around noon Saturday on Matthew Harwood, 36, of Vernon, when they observed a car matching the description of a vehicle owned by Harwood speeding on Dawkins Street in Vernon.
As deputies conducted a traffic stop, the driver, identified as Harwood, was placed under arrest for the active Bay County warrants.
Harwood, who does not have a valid driver's license, was found to be in possession of three counterfeit drivers licenses at the time of the stop.
Deputies transported Harwood to the Washington County Jail where he was booked on Bay County charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of counterfeit identification. He was also booked on Washington County charges of driving while license suspended or revoked and three counts of possession of counterfeit identification.
Washington County Judge Colby Peel has ordered a revocation of Harwood’s $51,000 bond, which was posted just days ago after he was arrested on battery charges following a report by his girlfriend alleging severe physical abuse had taken place over a three-day period and evidence presented to investigators of the injuries sustained by the victim.
Washington County Sheriff Kevin Crews urges anyone with knowledge of crimes being committed to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 850-638-6111. Tips may also be reported anonymously by calling 850-638-TIPS (8477) or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.