Ormond Beach 18-year-old shoves friend into the middle of Granada Boulevard, tells police he thought they were playing 'man hunt'

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Nov. 15

Wrong turn

6:57 p.m. — 100 block of New Britain Avenue, Ormond Beach

DUI. Police arrested a 71-year-old Ormond Beach man who, while driving drunk, veered off the road and got his truck stuck on a short wall separating the sidewalk from a parking lot. The man told police that he had been on his way home from the beach and had "made a wrong turn," according to his arrest report.

Police noted that the man smelled of alcoholic beverages and that his eyes were watery and bloodshot. When the reporting officer asked him for his driver's license and registration, the man first handed him his debit card. 

He was then asked if he had been drinking. The man said he'd had "very little too drink," but that he had some rum, according to the report. The officer asked if he would be willing to complete field sobriety exercises, and the man agreed. When asked if he had any physical ailments that could impact the exercises, the man reminded the officer that he was 71 years old. He then began comparing the instructions given to him for the field sobriety exercises to the way he would complete them instead. "A lot of it did not make any sense," the officer wrote in his report.

The man, who failed the exercises, was "verbally insulting and belligerent" through most of the exercises, the officer noted. The man was taken to jail. 

Nov. 20

Game on

2:39 a.m. — 600 block of West Granada Boulevard, Ormond Beach

Resisting officer. An 18-year-old Ormond Beach man was arrested after police saw him shove someone into the middle of Granada Boulevard. 

When the reporting officer activated her emergency lights, the man — wearing only pajama pants — ran north towards a local organization’s clubhouse. Several officers responded, and the reporting officer was walking with one of them around the building when they spotted the man, according to his arrest report. 

The man asked them who they were. The officers told him they were police, and he then ran to the nearby woods. 

Meanwhile, other officers spoke with the victim, a juvenile, who told them he had been at a local gas station convenience store buying food when the man “ran out, going nuts,” the report states. The teen went to grab the man to pull him out of the roadway, and that’s when the man shoved him.

Police eventually found the man running on Granada Boulevard and arrested him. He had rolled up his pajama pants to try to trick officers, the report notes. 

He was asked why he fought his friend in the middle of the road, and the man said he “fights all of his friends.” 

He said he didn't know they were in the middle of the road and ran away because he didn't know it was police chasing him.

He said he plays man hunt, a type of hide-and-seek, with his friends, and that when he saw the flashing lights, he “assumed he was playing manhunt.” He smelled of alcohol. Police took him to jail.


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