Hotel worker's car vandalized with candle wax in Ormond Beach

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June 2

Car wax

12:56 p.m. — 200 block of South Atlantic Ave., Ormond Beach

Criminal mischief. A 68-year-old Ormond Beach woman called police after her car was vandalized with green candle wax at local hotel.

It was not the first time, according to an incident report. The woman, who works at the hotel, told police that in 2020, she parked her vehicle in the same spot and found red candle wax staining its rear. She said she had an issue with a guest staying in one of the hotel room over three years prior and suspected the guest was the culprit.

Police spoke with the guest, a timeshare owner of the hotel, who denied damaging the woman's vehicle. The woman told police she was checking the hotel's policy to see if the guest could be trespassed. 

No video surveillance was found showing the guest vandalizing the woman's car, police report.

June 15

Mood swings

12 a.m. — Intersection of Banyan Drive and North Halifax Drive, Ormond Beach

DUI. Police arrested a 26-year-old Ormond Beach man for driving under the influence after he was spotted going 60 mph in a 35 mph zone.

According to his arrest report, police first spotted him going over the Granada bridge with his vehicle's lights off. Police initiated a traffic stop after seeing him speed. 

Upon the reporting officer's arrival, he noted the man's speech was slurred and that he smelled of alcohol. There was also an open container of alcohol in the middle cupholder. 

Police asked him to step out of the vehicle, to which the man asked why. He eventually exited, but declined to speak to police without an attorney. 

He performed a series of field sobriety exercises, which he failed. While completing them, police report the man was "up and down with his moods toward officers," telling them they didn't know what they were doing, and then apologizing for his actions. 

He was taken to jail.


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