A simple traffic stop by the Gulf Breeze Police Department on an expired tag led to the arrest of a man who was found to be in possession of several illegal narcotics including large amounts of methamphetamine.
The suspect, Christopher Lindsay, who has a known address at the 2200 block of Palo Alto in Navarre, was booked following the search and seizure and charged with Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Meth with Intent to Sell, Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Drug Equipment Possession, and several other charges.
According to the GBPD arrest report, the suspect was pulled over Sunday at around 9:30 p.m. after an officer noticed Lindsay’s license plate was expired.
When Lindsay pulled over, the 43-year-old openly admitted to the officer that his driver’s license was expired because he “forgot to pay something”. It was later found his license had been revoked since 2013 for a total of 60 months for being a habitual traffic offender.
After finding out about his suspension, police placed him under arrest and conducted a pat down on the suspect, who asked police if a family member could come pick his vehicle up.
Since an arrest was made, police notified Lindsay that the vehicle had to be inventoried and towed if there was no one else in the vehicle with him capable of driving.
When police later conducted a search of the vehicle, they found a bottle of Shandy on the driver’s floorboard and found a tactical knife hidden under the driver’s seat along with a 12-inch expandable baton.
The knife was noted as being double sided with a switch blade type design.
Further into the search of the vehicle, police were able to find a crystal meth pipe, a digital scale, several small baggies of what appeared to be meth, a Ziploc bag containing one gram of marijuana, a bag with two green pills in them later identified as Ecstasy, a plastic bag with cocaine residue in it, among several other drug-related items.
Sgt. Kerstan Tatro positively tested the rocks found in the individual baggies indicating they were meth rocks and swabbed the inside of one of the baggies that indicated remnants of cocaine.
When police questioned Lindsay about what he does for a living, the suspect indicated that he was “self employed”. When police asked him what he meant by that, the suspect just said “just self employed”.
The police also found roughly $211 in cash on the suspect.
The suspect was additionally charged with Driving with a Suspended License.
According to Santa Rosa County Jail View records, this is the first time Lindsay has been arrested in Santa Rosa County. Lindsay has been arrested a total of 14 times in Okaloosa County since 2001, a majority of which were drug offenses.
According to Okaloosa County’s Jail website, Lindsay was arrested on Oct. 6 for Driving with a Suspended License.
The suspect remains behind bars on $157,500 bond. v