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Ormond Beach Observer Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 5 months ago

Holly Hill man who ran red light told police it was his car's fault

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

Jan. 3

Double, double, 'toy' and trouble

6 p.m. — First block of Benjamin Drive

Battery touch. A 28-year-old woman was arrested for hitting her boyfriend with a toy tea pot, police report.

Police responded to the residence after being alerted about the pair arguing in their front yard. Initially, the boyfriend told police it was all verbal. Later in the afternoon, police spoke with the woman, who told them that two versions of why they were arguing. She said the argument was over her not getting a job at a local restaurant, and that the boyfriend was jealous. 

A second version of the argument told to another officer was that her boyfriend had cheated on her. She denied hitting him with the toy, saying that she was continuously dropping it on the ground during the argument and that when her boyfriend bent over to pick it up, he called her nasty. She responded by knocking his hat from his head, according to police.

The boyfriend had no visible injuries. The woman was taken to jail.

Jan. 4

Smoked out

2:06 a.m. — 300 block of West Granada Boulevard

DUI. A 34-year-old Holly Hill man who ran a red light told police it wasn't his fault: It was the car's fault.

Police noticed the man driving over the speed limit on South Yonge Street before he ran the red light at the Granada intersection, according to the man's arrest report. The officer noticed that the man's car was "smoking profusely" and later determined it was coming from his brakes. 

As the pair spoke, the officer noticed the man's eyes were bloodshot and glassy. He could smell alcohol on the man's breath, which the officer noted he missed at first because of the smell of the brakes. The officer asked if he would be willing to complete some field sobriety exercises, and the man agreed. However, after he called his mom to come to the location, he changed his mind and said he wouldn't complete the exercises.

Police found three clear plastic bags of cocaine in the vehicle as well as an 18-pack of Bud Light, with one beer missing. Two more empty beers were found in a cooler in the rear passenger seat. 

The man refused to provide a breath sample. He was taken to jail. 


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