Deputies: Driver arrested after fleeing traffic stop with fentanyl, meth, child in car

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — A driver was arrested after deputies said he fled a traffic stop with fentanyl, methamphetamine and a child in his car.

Just before 11 p.m. Thursday, the Sheriff’s Office East Volusia Crime Suppression team was in the area of Ridgewood and Mason avenues, looking for a silver Toyota Camry that had fled from an attempted traffic stop the night prior, deputies said.


When a deputy spotted the car, it took off again. Deputies said the driver turned off the cars lights and sped away.

A Holly Hill police officer spotted the car after the initial deputy lost sight of it, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said.

The officer found the car abandoned in the backyard of 940 Gardenia Drive in Daytona Beach, with the driver’s door open.

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The officer saw a man yelling “Hurry up!” and banging on the back door of the house, which was locked, deputies said.

The officer drew his Taser and ordered the man to stop, but the suspect was holding a 4-year-old boy between himself and the officer. When the door opened from the inside, the suspect pushed the child through and ran inside behind him, according to deputies.

Deputies identified the man as Tyrell Jackson, 31. They said Jackson soon ran out the front door and down the street.

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Deputies said they later found Jackson hiding under a blanket inside a vacant house and took him into custody.

Deputies found a backpack on the driver’s floorboard containing two bricks of heroin/fentanyl, along with about 12 grams in powder form, about 161 grams of meth, several MDMA tablets, and acetaminophen and oxycodone hydrochloride pills, the sheriff’s office said.

Also in the bag was Jackson’s wallet with his credit cards and bank receipts. In the driver’s door pocket, there was a plastic bag with about five grams of crack cocaine, deputies said. In the back seat, deputies found a child’s jacket with the child’s name on the tag.

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Jackson was charged with trafficking in fentanyl; trafficking in methamphetamine; possession of cocaine, oxycodone and MDMA with intent to sell; possession of narcotic paraphernalia; fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement; child neglect; and driving with a suspended license.

A records check revealed he was already out on bond in reference to possession of cocaine, possession of narcotic paraphernalia, resisting an officer with violence, criminal mischief, driving with a suspended license and giving a false name to law enforcement, the sheriff’s office said.

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Jackson was transported to the Volusia County Jail, where he remained held without bond Friday morning.

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Katlyn Brieskorn, WFTV.com

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.