[PHOTO CREDIT: Lake County Sheriff’s Office]
[Original Publish Date: 02/26/20]
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MOUNT DORA, Florida — A man Lake Legal News reported on in January — who has been booked into the Lake County Jail eight times — is back in the jail facing new charges, according to an arrest affidavit.
Around 9:30 p.m. Sunday, David Demarius Quashie, 28, was pulled over for speeding on State Road 44 near Augusta Lane in Mount Dora. Upon approaching the vehicle, Mount Dora Police officers immediately noticed a clear bag next to Quashie’s right leg, believed to be drugs. An officer attempted to the secure the bag, but Quashie grabbed it, the affidavit states. The officer tried to remove Quashie from the vehicle and he “actively resisted,” and refused to comply with officers’ demands.
Officers were finally able to remove Quashie and a small amount of the substance, which was determined to be MDMA, was lost, according to the affidavit. Officers searched Quashie and found eight baggies of cocaine and another baggie containing MDMA. On the way to jail, Quashie admitted to having marijuana on him and, “didn’t want to catch the extra felony charge for entering contraband into a detention facility,” the affidavit states. Quashie was charged with resisting without violence, tampering with evidence, possession of cocaine with intent to sell, possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine and possession of MDMA. He is being held at the Lake County Jail on $12,000 bond on these charges, but his bond was revoked on prior charges.
LLN first reported on Quashie in January. On Jan. 3, Quashie was accused of fleeing police and crashing into a woman, causing injuries that required her to be airlifted. He was also alleged to have drugs. In that case, he was charged with fleeing and eluding-causing injury, possession of cocaine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and violation of probation. (The VOP warrant related back to a leaving the scene of an accident charge Quashie pled to in 2019.)
On Monday, the State Attorney’s Office filed a motion to revoke Quashie’s bond in that case. The motion was granted.
Our Editor-in-Chief, Marilyn M. Aciego, began writing for Lake Legal News in 2010. Born and raised in Lake County, she is a graduate of Umatilla High School and Lake-Sumter State College. She started her journalism career at LSSC, where she was editor of both student publications, The Angler and The Odyssey. Her professional career began at the Daily Commercial in 2004 where she covered cops and courts the majority of her time there until she left in 2009. Currently, along with being Editor-in-Chief of Lake Legal News, she is the Florida bureau chief for an international media organization. She has made more than two dozen appearances on live national television, including Nancy Grace and the Greta Van Susteren show, along with her appearance on Evil Twins. Contact her with breaking news, tips, and feedback by sending an e-mail to 352Tips@gmail.com. You can also contact us on our Facebook page — and make sure you “Like” and “Follow us” there. [PHOTO CREDIT: Bonnie Whicher]