Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Find Cocaine after Fatal Car Crash

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Find Cocaine after Fatal Car Crash

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Byline: Dana Treen, Times-Union staff writer

Two Jacksonville men died after their vehicle collided with a light pole late Monday after fleeing police, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Drugs and more than $1,400 were found in the car after the crash, police said.

Twyman D. Clark, 29, of the 4000 block of Donnybrook Avenue, and passenger Jerry V. Lester, 22, of the 1600 block of West 27th Street, died after they were transported to Shands Jacksonville hospital following the 11:10 p.m. accident.

Neither of the victims was wearing a seat belt, the Highway Patrol said.

Police began the chase after a license plate check showed the car's owner had a suspended license, said Highway Patrol spokesman Bill Leeper. The car, which was on Eighth Street, turned south on Davis Street then made a U-turn and went back north, Leeper said.

Police stopped the pursuit when the 1994 Mercury ran a stop light on Davis Street at Eighth Street, according to the Highway Patrol.

The northbound Mercury spun out of control after hitting a hump in the roadway, ran off the left side of the road and struck a fire hydrant and light pole. Clark, the driver, was thrown from the car.

Leeper said a small amount of cocaine in small plastic packets was found near the car and that between $1,400 and $1,500 also was found.

CRIME NEWS

SEX SOLICITATION CHARGE: A Jacksonville man was arrested Monday on a charge of soliciting sex with a minor after an undercover detective posing as a 13-year-old girl agreed to meet him at a restaurant.

Steven Robert Watson, 28, of the 8300 block of South Old Kings Road, was arrested Monday afternoon at a sandwich shop after getting off a bus, police said. He was charged with a felony for soliciting sex through an online computer service.

On Sept. 12, vice detective T.W. Herrington posed as a 13-year-old girl in an online service. …

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