Police Blotter: Woman accused of causing drunken disturbance at AJ’s

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

A 29-year-old woman is accused of causing a drunken disturbance at AJ’s and then scratching a deputy who responded.

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies were called for a disturbance around 1 a.m. May 2 at AJ’s, 116 Harbor Blvd, according to the arrest report. When they arrived, Brandi Spiker Thompson was allegedly being escorted from the premises by security personnel for causing a disturbance.

She “appeared highly intoxicated and smelled strongly of alcoholic beverage,” the report said. She allegedly began yelling at people and causing a disturbance, and deputies asked her to move further out into the parking lot, away from the people.

While deputies tried to speak with Thompson, she began yelling and threatening people who were walking by. Deputies told her to sit down and she began to push and swing at deputies, catching one on the left side of his face, near his eye.

She continued trying to hit and scratch deputies until she was handcuffed, the report said. She then refused to get into the patrol car and put her feet on the door to try to prevent it from being shut.

Thompson is charged with battery on an officer, resisting an officer with violence and disorderly intoxication.

Her next scheduled court date is June 2.

Man facing drug charges after fraud call

A Destin man is charged with using a relative’s ID to cash checks at a bank and having drugs in his pocket when caught.

Niceville Police officers were called to Coastal Bank and Trust, 1001 John Sims Parkway, for a possible fraud around 10:45 a.m. on April 30, according to the arrest report When they arrived, they met 29-year-old Smith Simmons Murray at the front door of the bank.

Officers observed a bulge in Murray’s pocket and, fearing it was a knife, patted him down for weapons, the report said. When asked about the bulge, Murray responded with “oh (expletive).”

Officers removed the items in his pocket and found “numerous items in the pocket with a bag of crack/cocaine,” according to the report. After being detained, officers asked for Murray’s identification and were given a license under another name.

He was adamant that the name on the identification was his, the report said. Bank employees identified him as Murray, nothing that he had allegedly been using a relative’s identification to cash checks at other banks without the relative’s knowledge.

Murray admitted to using the identification without permission and to lying about his name to law enforcement.

He is charged with felony fraud, felony possession of cocaine and misdemeanor giving a false ID to law enforcement.

His next scheduled court date is June 2.