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Palm Coast man arrested in Ormond for motorcycle drunk driving, stealing beer

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

May 20

Obstructing the road

9:59 p.m. — Intersection of North U.S. 1 and Airport Road

DUI. Police arrested a 39-year-old Palm Coast man who was driving a motorcycle while drunk.

According to his arrest report, police were dispatched to a local gas station after a worked reported that the man was causing a disturbance and threatening employees. He left the gas station on his motorcycle, and was later found by police in the middle of the intersection, with his motorcycle "dumped" in the roadway. The reporting officer noted that it appeared that the man was picking something up from the ground, and that he asked the man to move his motorcycle to the edge of the road. 

As the man complied, the officer spotted an unopened can of beer protruding from his pocket. The officer would later discover the beer had been stolen from the gas station. While speaking to him, the officer noticed the man's slurred speech and bloodshot eyes. The man told the officer, according to the report, that he would be "honest" and admitted to having two beers and a shot of liquor while at a local bar. 

The officer began a DUI investigation, and the man failed all the field sobriety exercises. After he was transported to the police station for a breath test, the man changed his story and said he'd only had two beers at the bar, and that the shot he bought had been for a woman. 

He was taken to jail. 

May 22

Not quite escorted

2:40 a.m. — 600 block of Seabreeze Boulevard

Disorderly conduct. A 24-year-old Ormond Beach man was arrested in Daytona Beach after he caused a disturbance, becoming physical with security while frequenting a local establishment.

According to the charging affidavit, the man was told to leave the establishment by police. The man complied and left, but jumped a wall as he did so, engaging security again. A crowd gathered in the area and there was a struggle by police to detain him.

He was taken to jail.

May 25

Too much to drink

12:21 a.m. — First block of South Yonge Street

DUI. A 30-year-old man from Ormond-by-the-Sea was arrested for drunk driving after a deputy saw him driving recklessly on Granada Boulevard, at one point driving in both westbound traffic lanes on the bridge.

After a traffic stop was initiated, the man told the deputy that he was on his way to taking his passenger home. The deputy could smell alcohol coming from the vehicle and saw an open beer in the center cup holder. The deputy asked the man to exit the vehicle so that they could speak, and a DUI investigation was started.

The deputy asked he man if he felt like he had too much to drink that night, and the man replied, "at this point, I feel I do," according to the police report. He failed the field sobriety exercises. 

The passenger told a second deputy that they weren't actually going to his house, but that they had plans to meet up with someone else. He said he and the driver were arguing because he didn't believe he should be driving. 

The man was taken to jail.

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