Florida Seat Belt Stop Leads to Felon’s Arrest

Palm Bay Police Department conducted a seatbelt checkpoint stop recently. During the checkpoint, officers apprehended Travis Lee Brown, 22, for possession of cocaine, possession of controlled substance, and resisting arrest. Brown fled the stop and had to be tasered down to the ground in order to be taken into custody. While in the station he became “irate” and had to be bound in restraints in order to protect himself. Police found cocaine and oxycodone on Brown prior being taken downtown to the station. Bond was set at $4500, as well as orders for his transport back to Richmond County, GA.

Florida Statute 843.01 defines “resisting arrest with violence” as a third degree felony with up to 5 years in a state prison. The other portion of Chapter 843, “resisting officer without violence” is a first degree misdemeanor with a maximum of 1 year in a county jail or detention center. This crime is defined by the state as “whoever shall resist, obstruct, or oppose any officer … in the lawful execution of any legal duty without offering or doing violence.”


Drugs from cocaine, ecstasy, methamphetamine, LSD, marijuana, or any other controlled substance are typical cases handled by Attorney Ralph Behr in the course of his work week at the county and federal courthouses. His Fort Lauderdale law offices are located down the street from the courthouse and are accessible every day of the week from 8am to 6pm. Please call and schedule your appointment with Mr. Behr himself. Any questions regarding your legal matter can be discussed one-on-one in a confidential, private setting. Call for your free appointment.