This week in Cops Corner...
How not to make friends
11:43 a.m. — Intersection of Ocean Shore Boulevard and Sandcastle Drive
Suspicious incident. A man seeking to find new friends for his teen son and daughter inadvertently brought police officers to his home instead after he offered to take a young woman's little brother and their dog, for a ride.
The young woman told police that the man approached her on the street in a slingshot motor vehicle, complimented her dog and asked to take the dog — not her — for a ride. She declined his offer, even as the man offered to leave his fiancé, who was in the passenger seat, behind with the woman as he rode with the dog.
Police report the young woman's little brother then arrived at the scene, and the man offered him a ride too, telling him to go ask his parents. The pair continued to decline his offers, and the pair went home. When police spoke with the man, he apologized.
Dude, where's my car?
8:35 p.m. — 1500 block of West Granada Boulevard
Information. A 57-year-old Ormond Beach man who forgot where exactly he'd parked his car reported that someone had stole it from the supermarket parking lot, only to find it as the officer had just sent the vehicle's information to be flagged as stolen.
When the reporting officer arrived at the scene, the man told him his day had been "extremely stressful" and that, while he was shopping, he forgot his keys in the ignition. He divulged that his day had consisted of getting driver's license and registering his vehicle, and that he was also going through a bankruptcy. The officer noted in his report that the man mentioned his stress level "multiple times."
In the end, the man had parked his vehicle in another location. He drove off after police cleared his vehicle of being marked as stolen.
9 p.m. — 100 block of South Atlantic Avenue
DUI. Police arrested a 37-year-old Bunnell man who told police he "knew he was going to jail," and apologized for wasting the officers' time as they conducted a narcotics investigation. The man had been pulled over for speeding, and officers soon discovered he was also driving on a suspended license.
During a search of his car, officers found narcotic paraphernalia and marijuana. The man told police he and his friend had smoked a blunt an hour earlier, and admitted to drinking alcohol. He told police he wanted to be "straight up" with them, according to his arrest report. He subsequently failed the field sobriety tests and was taken to jail.