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Ormond Beach Observer Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022 3 weeks ago

Man attempts to drive Jeep on local mountain bike trail

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by: Jarleene Almenas Senior Editor

Nov. 4

Jaywalker

8:22 p.m. — Intersection of Lincoln Avenue and North Yonge Street, Ormond Beach

Possession of fentanyl. An officer was driving southbound on North Yonge Street when a pedestrian stepped directly into the path of his patrol vehicle. The officer was able to brake in time to avoid hitting him, and as the pedestrian — a 24-year-old DeLand man — was not in a marked crosswalk, the officer asked him to approach him. 

According to a police report, the officer explained to the man that he could have hit him with his patrol vehicle, and the man apologized. The officer wrote him a warning for the pedestrian violation. 

The officer then discovered that the man had been previously arrested on narcotics charges. The officer asked him if he had anything illegal in his backpack, and the man admitted to having narcotic paraphernalia. The officer asked what it was, and the man said he just wanted to go home, the report states. 

The officer searched his backpack and found less than a gram of fentanyl, as well as syringes and other drug paraphernalia. The man said the fentanyl was not his.

He was arrested and taken to jail. 

Nov. 6

Trail error

6:11 p.m. — 700 block of Airport Road, Ormond Beach

Information. Police responded to a local park after a man in a Jeep got stuck while attempting to drive down a mountain bike trail.

According to an incident report, the 43-year-old Ormond Beach man told police that he had just finished building the Jeep and thought the trail was open for utility vehicles. He didn't realize it was a mountain bike trail. The reporting officer noted that the man's Jeep was stuck in the mid with a tree lodged in his front right bumper.

The man attempted to remove his vehicle but broke the Jeep's winch in the process, which sunk the vehicle in the mud. 

Eventually, he was able to get the winch working, the report states, and the man removed the Jeep off the trail in a safe manner. 

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