COPS CORNER: Man's attempt to flash badge during traffic stop backfires

Also in Cops Corner: Tow truck driver hauled into road rage incident.

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July 23

Man's attempt to flash badge during traffic stop backfires

11:57 p.m. State Road 100, Flagler Beach

Unlawful use of a badge. A state trooper stopped a car for going 65 mph in a 45-mph zone. The driver, who stank of beer, leafed through his wallet for his licensed. 

As he did, he "conspicuously utilized his right thumb to remove a felt cover," displaying an out of state corrections officer badge. 

The state trooper asked the man if he was a law enforcement officer. The man said he was not, but that he used to work in corrections.

The trooper checked with the man's former corrections department, which verified that he hadn't worked there for over a year.

The man couldn't give a good reason for why he had the badge: He was legally obligated to turn it in once his employment with the corrections department ended. 

The man also failed sobriety exercises. The trooper arrested him.


July 15

Driver stopped for headlight violation fesses up to marijuana possession

11:02 p.m. 10900 block of State Road 100, Bunnell

Marijuana possession. A Chrysler, its headlights off, sped past a deputy's patrol car late at night. The deputy conducted a traffic stop on the car.

The driver, a 27-year-old man, rolled down the window, and the smell of marijuana wafted out of the car. The deputy searched the car, finding a 9-mm handgun, two blunts and four baggies of raw marijuana.

The driver "spontaneously uttered that the marijuana was his," according to the report. The deputy arrested him.


July 12

Tow truck driver hauled into road rage incident

7:35 a.m. U.S. 1 near County Road 200, Bunnell

Criminal mischief. A man was driving north on U.S .1 in a van when a tow truck cut him off, he later told a deputy. The van driver pulled up alongside the tow truck and shouted at the driver.

But the tow truck driver then brake-checked him and forced him off the road, the man said. Both cars stopped, and the tow truck driver got out holding a metal object — the man thought it was a pry bar — and bashed in the van's hood, then threw the the object against the van's windshield, cracking it.

The truck driver left, but the van driver got the tow truck's license plate number, photographed the driver and contacted the Sheriff's Office.

Deputies tracked down the tow truck driver, who said the van driver had also thrown something at him, denting the tow truck's door.

The Sheriff's Office forwarded criminal mischief charges against the truck driver to the State Attorney's Office.






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