Youngstown man arrested on felony charges

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WASHINGTON COUNTY – A call that came into the Washington County Communications Center on June 8 led to the arrest of a Youngstown man on felony drug charges. 

The call was received from a female, whispering she was in a vehicle and needing assistance. According to Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the dispatcher could hear the female was in a verbal altercation with a male subject and was able to get a vague description of the vehicle and possible location. Deputies near the area located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. 

On scene, deputies made contact with the driver who was asked to exit the vehicle and produce his driver’s license. In an alleged attempt to conceal his identity, the driver gave a false name and birthdate to which dispatch advised there was no record found. The driver stated he, his girlfriend and their two small children had rented a U-haul, spent the night in a parking lot in Chipley and accidentally locked the keys in the U-haul. He also stated his identification was in the U-haul because they were moving and didn’t have enough money to hire a locksmith. 

After several attempts to identify the driver, deputies spoke with the female subject who identified the driver as Bryan Drakeford Gray, 36, of Youngstown. Once deputies were able to positively identify Gray, he was found to have a VOP warrant out of Bay County and was taken into custody. 

Deputies were given consent to search the vehicle where several items were recovered. Located in the trunk of the vehicle were a couple of guns, several rounds of ammunition and a small gun safe with important documents, which included Gray’s wallet with ID that allegedly contained a substance which field tested positive for heroin. 

Gray was arrested on charges of possession of controlled substance, possession of a weapon or ammunition by a convicted felon and false identification given to law enforcement. 

If you have any knowledge of crimes being committed, or tips, contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 850-638-6111. You may also contact anonymously by calling 850-638-TIPS (8477) or by email at tips@wcso.us.

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