This week in Cops Corner...
12:43 p.m. — 1600 block of West Granada Boulevard
Vandalism. A Palm Coast woman discovered sugar in her gas tank while on a meal break from work, police report. The woman had stopped to refuel her car when she saw the sugar stuffed in the gas intake line.
The woman drove back to work and called police, telling officers she suspected her ex-boyfriend committed the crime, since he was the last person to fill her car with gas. She also said she couldn't find her car's spare key, and suspected he had it as well. Opening the car's gas cap requires entry into the vehicle, police noted.
Because of the rain, police were not able to collect fingerprints. The ex denied both allegations.
From bad to worse
2:48 a.m. — Intersection of Hull Road and North U.S. 1
DUI. A 35-year-old Port Orange man knew he was in quite a pickle after police discovered he was part of a hit-and-run crash — officers caught him in the "running" portion of the crime — and began an investigation. "This is bad," he spontaneously said, according to his arrest report.
As one of the officers was getting the man's information, he noted he could smell alcohol and marijuana coming from the vehicle. The officer asked the man for his driver's license, and as the man reached for it, he almost fell out of the car, police report. The officer caught him and helped him sit back up.
He was then asked to step out of the vehicle and that's when the officer noted the man's clothing appeared to be disheveled, with his pants zipper completely unzipped. Other officers arrived on the scene and the man tried to get back into his car, appearing to be reaching for an unknown object. When he refused to keep his hands on the steering wheel, police placed him in handcuffs.
The man refused to perform the field sobriety exercises or give a breath sample. He was taken to jail.
9:15 a.m. — 300 block of West Granada Boulevard
Trespassing. A 68-year-old man was trespassed from a local plaza after officers spotted him urinating in nearby bushes.
The man explained to police that he had a medical condition that caused bladder incontinence. When police spoke to employees at a nearby building, they said they had prior issues with the man urinating and defecation on the property and wished for him to be trespassed.