Palm Coast man arrested after causing disturbance in store break room

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Aug. 13

Erratic driver

9:08 p.m. — Intersection of State Road 40 and State Road 11, DeLeon Springs

Fleeing/eluding police. While driving on Granada Boulevard on the west side of town, a local police officer noticed the car behind him  flashing its high beams. 

The driver was driving erratically and changed lanes abruptly before passing the officer's patrol car, according to a police report. She was driving at 80-90 mph; the speed limit in the area was 60 mph.

The officer tried to stop the driver, a 34-year-old Daytona Beach woman, but she continued west, veering in and out of the road. The officer, afraid the woman would cause a head-on collision as the road narrowed to two lanes, continued following from afar. When the woman approached a tractor trailer, she stopped on the side of the road, and the officer spotted her throwing a cup out of her front passenger window. 

An officer who searched her vehicle found eight grams of marijuana. When asked what she had thrown out, the woman said, "It could have been anything. It could have been weed," according to the report.

The woman admitted that she drank alcohol before driving. Officers retrieved the cup she'd thrown, which contained alcohol. 

Aug. 19

Break room break-in

12:55 p.m. — 1500 block of West Granada Boulevard, Ormond Beach

Battery touch/strike. Police arrested a 39-year-old Palm Coast man who pushed his way into a big box store's employee break room, then began taking off his clothes and placing his things in the room's refrigerator.

An employee took an arriving police officer to the break room, telling her that the man had a pocket knife in his front pocket, according to a police report. As the pair got closer to the break room, they could hear an employee shout that the man was becoming violent with the employees in the room with him: He'd shoved a manager against a door repeatedly, the report states.

The officer ordered him to get on the ground, but the man began climbing on the counters and spinning around instead. The officer used a Taser on him, but he still kicked and swung his arms to keep her from detaining him, the report notes. Other police officers arrived and handcuffed him. 

Officers took the man to the hospital for medical clearance, then took him to jail.


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