Police seize drugs following crash

Derek Felton
(Costa Mesa Police Department)

Costa Mesa police say they found 20 pounds of marijuana and small amounts of other drugs in a man’s car after he crashed into a parked truck.

According to a news release sent out Tuesday, 22-year-old Derek Felton of Chandler, Ariz., hid from police after he slammed into a silver Toyota Tacoma about 9 a.m. Friday.

Officers arrived at the scene near 17th Street and Monrovia Avenue and saw the aftermath of the crash, including severe damage to the truck, but couldn’t find the other car involved.

As an officer interviewed a bystander, “a black Lexus with major frontal damage hurriedly backed out of a driveway farther down the street and accelerated away from the officer,” the news release said.

When officers stopped the car, driven by Felton, he admitted to crashing into the truck, police said.

Officers arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Police searched the Lexus before towing it away and found the marijuana, almost an ounce of cocaine and various prescription medications, the release said, adding that $11,000 in cash was also seized.

Police booked Felton at the Costa Mesa Jail and asked that he be charged with possession of marijuana for sale, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sale, selling marijuana, transportation of a controlled substance and driving under the influence.

He’s free on $25,000 bail, according to the release.