Police arrest motorcycle driver who tried to flee traffic stop, ended up in canal

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  • | 3:00 p.m. September 6, 2022
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Sept. 3

Pleading the fifth

3:49 a.m. — 100 block of East Granada Boulevard, Ormond Beach

Loitering or prowling. While patrolling a local plaza, a police officer spotted a 30-year-old Ormond Beach man in the rear parking lot. He had a flashlight and was looking around the parking lot. The officer noted all the businesses were closed.

According to an arrest report, the police officer got out of his vehicle, and called to the man to stop. The man continued to walk away, and the officer repeated his order, adding that he needed to speak with him. The man said he wasn't going to stop.

On the the officer's third request, the man turned around and walked toward him, and shone his flashlight in the officer's eyes. The officer noted the man was "very sweaty" and shaking badly. The man was confrontational and could not advice why he was in the area with a flashlight. 

He refused to answer officer's question, pleading the fifth amendment. However, he did repeatedly say he was just walking and not committing a crime, according to his arrest report. 

He was issued a trespass warning. 

Wading through deep waters

8:38 p.m. — 100 block of South Yonge Street, Ormond Beach

Fleeing/attempting to elude. An officer was driving northbound in the outside lane in the 100 block of South Yonge Street when a yellow motorcycle drove past him at an approximate 80 mph. The speed limit in the area is 40 mph.

The officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop for speeding, but the motorcycle driver, a 41-year-old Daytona Beach man, disregarded him, according to an arrest report, which adds that as the driver continued traveling at a high rate of speed after looking directly at the officer's patrol vehicle, it was evident the driver was fleeing and attempting to elude.

The officer, after deactivating his emergency lights, followed the motorcycle and radioed its description, and eventually lost sight of it. A deputy in the area spotted it driving recklessly on South Center Street from Hand Avenue and attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the driver fled again. 

The driver, now with several police units on alert, traveled on a dirt path at the dead-end of Fleming Avenue, one which police officers knew led directly to a deep canal, impossible to cross in a vehicle. Sure enough, when police caught up to the suspect, the motorcycle was in the canal and the man was wading through waist-deep water. He was ordered out of the water at gunpoint and taken into custody.

When asked why he didn't initially pull over, the man said, "When that cage comes near me, I get away," according to his arrest report.

He was taken to the hospital for medical clearance before taken to jail. 

Sept. 4

'With love'

10:40 p.m. — 500 block of North Nova Road, Ormond Beach

Loitering or prowling. Police were conducting an extra patrol in the area in reference to a suspicious woman that had been seen walking around. Upon the reporting officer's arrival, a witness told him that the woman had walked into his garage and left.

Another officer saw the woman, a 35-year-old from Daytona Beach, sitting on a nearby curb. A second witness had told him that the woman had been seen pulling on a business' door handle and attempting to enter a code into the key pad. 

The woman, according to her charging affidavit, was defensive when police spoke to her and expressed concern about going to jail. The woman said she had been inside a nearby gated community, as she knew the entry code, and that she asked to use someone's phone once inside. She denied going into anyone's garage or pulling on door handles belonging to a business.

She did, however, say she used her finger to write "with love" on a window, and that she didn't like "how everyone was mean." 

Because police discovered the woman had an injury, she was transported to the hospital. Instead of being arrested, the woman was issued a charging affidavit. 


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