Kevin Spearmon Leads Police on Yet Another Chase, Ending With Taser, Jail and No Bond
FlaglerLive | August 16, 2013
Kevin Spearmon, who was released from state prison just last December after a 30-month stint for drug possession and fleeing police, has two Achilles’ heels, judging from his extensive police record. One is to sit in his car and smoke dope. Another is to get cops to chase him before arresting him.
In April, when a warrant was out for his arrest, a cop noticed him paked at a Taco Bell on palm Coast Parkway. When the cop asked him to get out of the car, Spearmon sped off, starting a car chase that took him and deputies across various sections of the city and a parking lot or two, until Spearmon decided to stop his car and flee on foot in the P Section. He was finally arrested on Phoenix Lane on a series of charges, including possessing marijuana and oxycodone.
Spearmon, who lives at 96 Unimay Court, was in the P Section again Thursday. It was 3 a.m. Someone called 911 to report a suspicious vehicle parked in front of a vacatnt house. The responding deputy noticed a white Kia. He also “observed a lighter flickering on and off within the vehicle, consistent with someone smoking narcotics.” Another unit was dispatched. It parked right behind the Kia and shone a spotlight on it.
Deputies made contact with the occupants of the vehicle. One was Spearmon, who’s 29. The other was a 16-year-old girl who at first tried to pass herself off as an 18 year old. There was a strong smell of pot in the car. (Possessing or smoking pot under any circumstance is still illegal in Florida.)
Spearmon at first handed one of the deputies a Florida identification card, passing himself off as another individual. That would result in one of the charges he’d be facing: it’s illegal to pretend to be someone else to police. The girl kept stating that she did not have any identification. Spearmon was asked to exit the vehicle. He was searched. He said he had some “personal” amount of pot in the center console of the car, which a deputy seized.
As the car was being searched, Spearmon kept taking or trying to make calls on his cell phone. Both deputies at the scene repeatedly told him to stay off his phone . He refused.
“I reached up and grabbed ahold of Kevin’s left hand, which was placed up to his ear, and told him again to get off the phone,” the deputy reported in Spearmon’s arrest affidavit. “Kevin pulled away from my grasp, turned towards me and stated, ‘you can’t grab me I’m not being detained.’ I advised Kevin to place his hands behind his back and grabbed back ahold of Kevin’s left wrist and attempted to pull it back behind his back. Kevin pulled away from me and immediately took flight running Southbound behind 26 Ponderosa Lane.”
A chase was on again.
Deputies ordered Spearmon to stop running as one took out his Taser. Spearmon ran around the other side of 26 Ponderosa Lane where another deputy—Chris Wray—intercepted him and ordered him to the ground. Spearmon complied, “propping himself up on his elbows and knees (In a modified fetal position). As Deputy Wray grabbed onto Kevin’s back, Kevin refused to bring his hands behind his back as I grabbed onto Kavin’s back also and Kevin began to try to stand up, attempting to push us off of him and roll away from us.”
Spearmon was again told to stop resisting—the phrase cops always deploy verbally and in their arrest reports to document a suspect’s resistance—and put his hands behind his back or he was going to be
Tased. Spearmon kept resisting, according to the arrest report.
He was Tased.
The shot lasted one or two seconds, the report states. Spearmon rolled onto his back and was handcuffed. He was also soon identified by another deputy who arrived at the scene–Kevin was eventually positively identified by Deputy Rodriguez after he arrived on scene: Augustin Rodriguez, the same deputy Spearmon had led on a chase in April.
There was an active warrant out for Spearmon’s arrest, too, revoking his bond from that April arrest.
The 16-year-old girl, meanwhile, had herself fled the scene, but was stopped elsewhere in the neighborhood. A clear baggie with eight pills was also found in the car. The pills field-tested for narcotics illegal to possess without a prescription.
Spearmon was arrested and booked at the Flagler County jail on charges including possession of a controlled substance without prescription, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, giving a false name, resisting arrest, as well as on the April charges. He is being held without bond.