POLICE BLOTTER: Destin hit and run suspect caught in Fort Walton Beach backyard

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

A suspected hit and run drunk driver in Destin who tried to make his getaway, was eventually found hiding in a Fort Walton Beach backyard due to the combined work of the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Walton Beach Police Department, and an OCSO K9 Unit.

The OCSO got a call around 5:30 p.m. Jan. 4 from a woman who said a gray Nissan had rammed her pick-up truck on Harbor Boulevard in Destin and then kept going in the westbound lanes. She was not injured.

The car entered Fort Walton Beach where an officer attempted a traffic stop, but the driver kept going, eventually crashing into a yard on Vaughan Street and running away.

OCSO Deputy Tony Kelly and K-9 “Drako” began a track at the driver’s door and followed it about a half mile to Ventura Street. K9 Drako began pulling hard near the backyard of a home on Ventura, jumped a brick fence and engaged a man matching the suspect’s description who was hiding in shrubs on the back side of the fence.

Jeffrey Fallin, 37, of Jacksonville was taken into custody by the Fort Walton Beach Police Department on multiple charges, including DUI. Fallin also faces a charge of Hit and Run - leaving the scene of an accident with property damage - by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.