Submitted by Madison County Sheriff’s Office
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Thursday April 24, at 4:52 p.m., a deputy of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office conducted a registration check on a Silver Ford Taurus near the intersection of Base and Duval Street in Madison. The license plate returned as a stolen license plate from Madison County in December of 2013. By the time the deputy was able to turn around the Taurus was gone from sight. A BOLO (Be On The Look Out) was issued to all on duty officers.
At 7:15 p.m. a Sergeant of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office conducting routine patrol on Lee Avenue in Madison observed a Silver Ford Taurus parked at roadside that matched the description of the previous BOLO. The Sergeant ran the tag on the Taurus and found that the tag was stolen confirming the Taurus to be the same vehicle from the earlier BOLO.
A male subject, identified as Michael Antoine Hill, got into the driver seat of the Taurus in attempt to drive away. The Sergeant activated his blue lights and conducted a traffic stop. The Sergeant approached the Taurus and asked Hill for his identification while informing Hill that the vehicle tag was stolen. Hill told the Sergeant that he did not have any identification. Hill’s wallet was observed in the driver’s door pouch and retrieved by the Sergeant. Hill confirmed the wallet was his but claimed he did not know it was in the car. The wallet contained Hill’s State of Florida issued Identification Card. Communications confirmed that Hill did not possess a valid driver license. Hill was placed under arrest and transported to the Madison County Jail. The stolen tag was recovered.
Upon arriving at the County Jail, a Detention Deputy conducted a secondary search of Hills wallet and discovered a small plastic baggy that contained three “Crack Cocaine Rocks”. Hill tried to convince the Detention Deputy and Sergeant that the baggy contained Ivory soap that Hill used to wash with. Hill further stated that he forgot it was even in his wallet. A Presumptive Field Test showed positive for cocaine.
Hill was charged with introducing contraband into county detention, driving while license suspended or revoked, the attached tag not assigned to that vehicle, petty/grand theft from vehicle and controlled substance possession with intent to sell.