PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- A Charlotte County Sheriff's deputy Sunday recognized a driver wanted for fleeing to elude last week, made the traffic stop, and found methamphetamine and $3,398 in cash in car. Clayton Paul Harris, 25, of 25240 Derringer Place in Deep Creek was arrested for the crime.
On June 27, the deputy had been looking for Harris who was seen driving while his license had been suspended 12 times. At 2:15 a.m. the deputy saw Harris exit his home, get into his white Audi and drive away. The deputy attempted to make a traffic stop, but Harris took off at a high rate of speed when he turned onto Kings Highway and drove into Desoto county. The deputy stopped following and notified the Desoto County Sheriff’s Office but they were unable to locate Harris.
Sunday, the same deputy observed Harris driving his Audi and waited until Harris got stuck in traffic at a red light at Kings Highway and Veteran’s Boulevard. The deputy placed him under arrest. During an inventory of the car, the deputy found several pairs of shorts on the front passenger seat. Inside a pair of the blue jean shorts was a plastic baggie with numerous pieces of crystal Methamphetamine. Located on the front driver’s seat was $3,398 in cash. The money was seized for forfeiture.
Harris was transported to the Charlotte County Jail and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Fleeing to Elude Law Enforcement, and two counts of Driving While License was Suspended with Knowledge. Harris remains in the County Jail on $16,500 bond. This is his fifth booking.
Anyone with knowledge of illegal drug activity is asked to please call the CCSO Narcotics Unit at 941-575-2157, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).