Man accused in October arson arrested on drug charges

A man accused in an October arson at his Gulfport hardware store is back in jail after deputies found him with several medications for which he did not have a prescription, authorities said.

David Matthew Cretella was arrested Friday afternoon near Duhme Road and Tom Stuart Causeway in Seminole. When Pinellas County sheriff's deputies talked to him, he was carrying a plastic bag with pills, including hydrocodone, methadone, and diazepam, according to an arrest report.

The report was unclear about why deputies stopped Cretella.

The 64-year-old is awaiting trial on a charge of second-degree arson in connection with a fire that destroyed his business, Gulfport Hardware Store, on October 19. Authorities said he gave inconsistent statements to police during an investigation of the blaze, which took several hours to extinguish. They also obtained surveillance video from nearby businesses, which showed evidence of arson, according to reports.

As he was being arrested Friday, Cretella tried to pull away from the deputies, a report said. After he was in handcuffs, he refused to get in a patrol car.

Deputies called for a jail transport van. When it arrived, Cretella tried to pull away again and ended up hitting his head on the side of the van, injuring himself.

He was held Saturday without bail in the Pinellas County Jail on drug possession charges and a charge of resisting arrest.

Man accused in October arson arrested on drug charges 05/11/13 [Last modified: Saturday, May 11, 2013 9:59pm]

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