Palm Coast man arrested in Massachusetts

Police: David Willett, 30, sought in Flagler County crimes, arrested in Mass.


PALM COAST, Fla. – The Barnstable Police Department in Hyannis, Massachusetts, arrested a fugitive they said fled a routine vehicle stop this week.

Barnstable police said they stopped a man driving a black 1999 Mercedes ML340 with a Massachusetts registration around 9:30 p.m. Thursday for a minor traffic violation. 

The driver had no identification and provided the officer with what turned out to be a false name, police said.

While the officer was trying to verify the man's identity, police said he fled on foot toward Barnstable Road. Several officers with the BPD responded to the area and tried to locate the man, but were unsuccessful.

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During a follow-up investigation, police identified the driver as David Willett, 30, of Palm Coast, who is a fugitive sought by the Flagler County Sheriff's Department, police said. The warrant was issued Jan. 10.

Officers said Willett had an extensive criminal history in Florida, including narcotics charges and property-related crime.

The vehicle Willett was driving was registered to an address in Bourne, Massachusetts, and was reported stolen by a 48-year-old woman on Thursday, police said.

Along with the outstanding charges from Florida law enforcement agencies, the Barnstable Police Department said they obtained an arrest warrant charging Willett with failure to stop at a stop sign, providing a false name to a police officer, operating a motor vehicle with an open container of alcohol, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and receiving a stolen motor vehicle.

Police said Willett was found and arrested Saturday at a family member's home in Bourne. He is currently being held without bail in a Massachusetts jail, and is scheduled to appear in court Monday.

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