Police Briefs 11/11/21

Clay County Sheriff's Office
Posted 11/10/21

Road rage: Man jailed for chasing driver who tailgated himOAKLEAF – An Orange Park man was arrested for driving recklessly and resisting arrest on Nov. 3 after he became outraged by another …

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Police Briefs 11/11/21


Road rage: Man jailed for
chasing driver who tailgated him

OAKLEAF – An Orange Park man was arrested for driving recklessly and resisting arrest on Nov. 3 after he became outraged by another driver tailgating him.
Jerry Lee Barnes, 52, also was charged with breach of peace and not wearing his seatbelt after an off-duty deputy with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office noticed him driving erratically and apparently arguing with and chasing the driver of another car on Ivory Crossing and Oakleaf Plantation Parkway in what deputies called a case of road rage.
According to the arrest report, the deputy saw Barnes change lanes without using his turn signal at a high rate of speed on Oakleaf Plantation Parkway. He also saw Barnes make an obscene gesture with his finger toward the other driver.
Barnes drove to his house in the Cambridge subdivision. He was arrested after he yelled profanities at his neighbors and failed to comply with the deputy’s orders and threatened the deputy.
According to the sheriff’s office, Barnes also was arrested in 1991 for DUI manslaughter.

Man arrested for operating a drug dwelling in Middleburg
MIDDLEBURG – An early morning drug raid on Oct. 27 resulted in the arrest of a man who was out on bond for other felonies, including selling crack cocaine.
Billy Bocephus Waters, 39, was charged with maintaining a drug dwelling, selling methamphetamine and using a cellphone to facilitate a felony after the Clay County Sheriff’s Office’s SWAT team delivered a search warrant to his home at 133 Yucca St.
Once inside, deputies found an assortment of drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine. A guest in the home said Waters “has people coming here all the time” and he kept his “dope” in his bathroom.

Deputies found Waters at another address and arrested him on a separate outstanding warrant for selling crack cocaine and maintaining a drug dwelling in 2018. According to the arrest warrant, Waters admitted he sold drugs to support his habit.
Waters also is awaiting a trial for shoplifting on Oct. 14. Waters’ bond is set at $275,015.

Man faces drug, fleeing charges following traffic stop
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – A man got more than a ticket during a traffic stop after a Clay County Sheriff’s Office detective found drugs inside his car.
Michael Rodney McCarter III, 23, of Keystone Heights, was charged on Nov. 5 with aggravated fleeing and eluding law enforcement, possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana, possession of oxycodone hydrochloride, possession of methamphetamine, tampering with evidence, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license after he was stopped on Sept. 8 for driving with an expired license tag that was assigned to another car.
Following a short chase, McCarter parked on Spring Lake Village Road and ran away, according to the arrest report.
The deputy returned to the car and with assistance from K-9 Bull, was alerted of the likely presence of illegal drugs inside the car. A subsequent search led to the discovery of 154 grams of marijuana, two digital scales, a glass pipe and methamphetamine.
McCarter was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Bradford County. He was taken to the Clay County Jail on Nov. 5 and held with a $62,021 bond after he was released from custody in Bradford County.