South Carolina man arrested in Chipley

On the night of July 5, officers with the Chipley Police Department attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a Chevrolet Impala, bearing South Carolina license tag, for a traffic violation at Pecan Street and Highway 90. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop and fled from CPD officers for several blocks. He then drove behind a residence on Pecan Street where he exited the vehicle and proceeded to flee from officers on foot into a wooded area, where officers were able to apprehend him.

Derrick Lemonye SmithThe suspect was identified as Derrick Lemonye Smith, B/M, age 43, of South Carolina.

After restraining Smith, officers located a pouch that he was lying on and found it to contain a quantity of “ICE” or crystal methamphetamine and Xanax pills, a schedule 4 controlled substance. A search of his person also revealed that he was in possession of several blue pills identified as Diazepam, a schedule 4 controlled substance, and a large sum of U.S. currency.

A search of the suspect’s vehicle revealed the presence of another baggie containing “ICE” methamphetamine, paraphernalia and digital scales.

Officers following up on the investigation conducted a consensual search of the motel room where he was staying and located a gun that the suspect admitted was his.

In total, Smith was found to be in possession of over 30 grams of crystal methamphetamine, a quantity of U.S. currency, controlled prescription pills, paraphernalia and a firearm.


At the time of his arrest, Smith had outstanding warrants from Bay County, Florida and South Carolina. He was booked into the Washington County Jail for the following charges:

  • resisting an officer, fleeing and eluding law enforcement officer
  • resisting officer, obstruction without violence
  • barbiturate distribution
  • trafficking in amphetamine/methamphetamine, 14 grams or more
  • narcotics equipment possession and/or use
  • driving while license suspended or revoked

Further charges are pending in this case.

“The Chipley Police Department continues to take an aggressive approach to the enforcement of narcotics violators,” stated Chipley Police Chief Kevin Crews. “The apprehension of criminals in our community has always been and remains a top priority for the Chipley Police Department. I encourage anyone with information on any criminal activity to contact the Chipley Police Department at (850) 638-6310 or Crime stoppers at 638-TIPS.”