ST. PETE BEACH — A man who tried to flee from police after a drug deal Friday night failed spectacularly: His Jaguar spun out of control and crashed into a condo bedroom, police said.
Bryton Monquell Dunbar, 19, was not injured in the crash, according to St. Pete Beach police. But police said they found 80 pieces of crack cocaine and $2,168 in cash inside the St. Petersburg man's red 2002 Jaguar.
According to St. Pete Beach police, officers observed Dunbar selling narcotics just before 11 p.m. while he was parked in the area of Coquina Way north of the Corey Avenue intersection.
When officers approached his car, police said, Dunbar threw it in reverse and hit the gas, spinning his tires as he tried to flee. He lost control of the Jaguar, police said, and the vehicle ended up knocking down a steel beam supporting a second-floor balcony at 635 Corey Ave.
Then the Jaguar's rear end crashed through the bedroom wall of a unit at the Cosmo Condominium Complex, 7338 Coquina Way, which is where the brief chase ended. The condo was unoccupied. The damaged balcony has been roped off pending repairs.
Dunbar was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, possession of cocaine, and fleeing and eluding a police officer. He also received several traffic citations, police said.
He remained in the Pinellas County jail Tuesday in lieu of $30,010 bail.