This week on Cops Corner...
Love isn't cheap
9:42 a.m. — 1500 block of West Granada Boulevard
Petit theft. A 25-year-old Bunnell woman attempt at having a cheaper Valentine's Day backfired after a local supermarket loss prevention officer noticed she "skip-scanned" a Valentine's Day card and a necklace, earning her a notice to appear in court.
Police report the woman stacked the items with some Valentine's Day candy, paying only for the sweets. When confronted by police, she said she had never done this before and that she "was trying to save money." She said she didn't come into the store with the intent to steal, but that she was swayed by the "opportunity" once at the self-checkout.
Too late to apologize
11:24 p.m. — 600 block of North Beach Street
DUI. Police arrested a 32-year-old Ormond Beach man who was drunk driving and apologized for failing the field sobriety exercises. He had been stopped by police after an officer noticed him drifting over to the opposite traffic lane and overcorrecting once he noticed. This happened four times before police pulled him over.
The man appeared very nervous and had slurred speech, an officer noticed. He also continued to apologize for "no reason as well" according to the police report. During an exercise, police observed that the man could not keep his balance while standing in place, had to widen his stance, and raised his arms from his body. He stepped off the line several times, police report.
He then took 12 steps forward, stepped off the line, and approached an officer to say "sorry, I know I failed." He later told police he had three Corona light beers at a bar in Daytona Beach while celebrating a friend's birthday, but that he did not feel drunk. He was taken to jail.
Blocks or miles?
9:50 p.m. — Intersection of Deer Lake Road and West Granada Boulevard
DUI. A 57-year-old man asked police to "cut him a break" when officers approached him after noticing his vehicle was "up on some rocks." The man told police, in slurred speech and while stumbling, that "we both know I have been drinking. Cut me a break, I'm only a block away." He was not a block away. He lives in Palm Coast.
The officer reported that he had to ask the man numerous times what he was saying because he was having trouble understanding him due to his slurring. The officer asked the man for his license and registration, to which the man replied, "Yeah thanks. You don't need the paperwork. Okay, have a good night."
He was arrested after he failed the field sobriety exercises. He told police that he missed a turn, and that it was all his fault. He was taken to jail and his vehicle was towed.