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Daytona man 'giggles' during drunk driving investigation

This week in Cops Corner...
by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

Aug. 21

The final curtain

4:32 p.m. — 1500 block of West Granada Boulevard

Petit theft. A 38-year-old Daytona Beach man was arrested at a local supermarket after he stole three sets of curtains, hiding them in his backpack. The curtains have a total value of $38.91.

The man was stopped by the store's loss prevention employee while a police officer was also aa the store. The officer ran a criminal history check and discovered the man had two prior convictions for theft. While searching him, the officer found a glass pipe. "Is this a crack pipe?" the officer asked him, according to the report. The man said yes. 

He was taken to jail.

No laughing matter

9:20 p.m. — Intersection of State Road 40 and I-95

DUI. Police arrested a 31-year-old Daytona Beach man who, after a car crash, was "acting weird," stating "just an accident, just an accident" and giggling, according to his arrest report.

Officers noticed the man was struggling to stand up, had bloodshot glassy eyes and a flushed look on his face, as well as the smell of alcohol coming from his breath. Noticing a language barrier through his slurred speech, the officers called for a Spanish-speaking officer to respond, and one arrived from Daytona. 

The man refused to participate in any field sobriety exercises, police report, and while being transported to the police station for observation, he "appeared as if he was falling asleep at times, before sitting up and giggling." The man also refused to submit to a breath test. 

The man fell asleep in his holding cell and had to be woken up to be transported to jail. 

Aug. 23

Drinking but not drunk

1:30 a.m. — Intersection of North U.S. 1 and Wilmette Avenue

DUI. A 43-year-old Jacksonville woman who fled from a car crash told police before she was transported to the station that "just because I've been drinking, doesn't mean I'm drunk," according to her arrest report.

Police report that the woman showed signs of intoxication, and one officer was "taken aback by the overwhelming scent of alcohol, which was so potent it caused him to mildly choke," the report states. During the crash portion of the investigation, the woman told officers several times to "just let her go," saying that she was a teacher, that she owned an apartment complex and stating that she served in the Marines Corps. 

She later told police that she went through basic training, but graduated and went to college instead. During a search of her person, police found a small bag of cocaine, which she claimed was planted in her pocket while she was at a local bar. The bar wasn't open that night. 

Once at the station, the woman frequently told police, "I vote for cops," according to the report. She refused to submit to a breath test and was later taken to jail.

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