A Florida man fakes a heart attack after failing to break free from a drug arrest at a traffic stop

A Florida suspect allegedly pretended to be suffering a heart attack when he was arrested during a traffic stop, police said.

Brent Christopher Heath, 40, of Palm Coast, has been charged with possession of fentanyl, possession of paraphernalia and possession of hashish.

He was also accused of disobeying law enforcement agencies.

Officers from the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office stopped Heath’s vehicle in Bunnell near Mahogany Boulevard and Honeytree Street last Sunday.

An officer noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle and prompted a search into Heath’s car for possible causes.

Police said they found a prescription bottle containing a “golden-brown oily substance” likely tested for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and fentanyl.

Heath told officers he was having a heart attack, but authorities couldn’t verify if it was actually a medical emergency.

“He was evaluated at the scene by a medical unit but could not be properly evaluated for his actions and behavior so he was transported to AdventHealth South by Deputy Huzior,” the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “Heath was later transported to the SPHIDF [Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility] after medical clearance.”

Florida man Brent Christopher Heath allegedly faked a heart attack to avoid arrest for alleged possession of illegal drugs.
Florida man Brent Christopher Heath is said to have faked a heart attack during an arrest for alleged possession of illegal drugs.
Flagler County Sheriff’s Office

The sheriff’s office reported that Heath had an extensive criminal record, having been arrested for child molestation, domestic violence and grand larceny in the past.

The suspect was also charged with burglary, violent resistance to an officer and trafficking in stolen property.

“This poison dealer is a serial criminal and will not learn his lesson,” Sheriff Rick Staly said in a statement. “It’s time for him to change his life or face a heavy prison sentence.”

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating the incident.


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing diza@ustimetoday.com.

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