The dangerous driving of an intoxicated man in Flagler ended last Monday after he crashed his car into a canal. Deputies working for the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office were first alerted to the possibility of an impaired driver when numerous witnesses called emergency services to report the erratic driving of a Ford F-150 throughout Bunnell, specifically near Redwood Street. The calls, which both came in at close to 9:00 in the evening, reported that the F-150’s trajectory down the street included collisions with numerous mailboxes as well as a near head-on collision averted only, according to the caller, when they drove off of the roadway in order to avoid the F-150.
Both of the witnesses reported seeing the truck then ignore a stop sign at an intersection, narrowly avoiding other cars, before driving off of the road and into the woods near the street. It seems that the woods bordered a canal, and after crashing through underbrush the F-150 drove straight into the muddy water.
The witnesses told police dispatchers that they were staying away from the crash site, leaving the investigation to the police.
When deputies arrived, they picked their way through the woods until they reached the truck. The investigation of the truck quickly revealed that no one was inside the cab. Not believing that the truck had simply driven itself down the road, the shrewd deputies began to search the nearby area.
25 yards away, Millman, a 25-year-old man was lying in the mud. He was partially submerged, wearing camouflage, and hoping that these two factors would enable him to elude detection from the police. After the crash, Millman exited the car and, suspecting through his alcohol-induced fog that police might arrive shortly, dropped to the ground and began army crawling through the dirty water away from his truck.
Flagler County deputies quickly found the filthy Millman. The report indicates that he subsequently failed a field sobriety test as well as exhibited extreme difficulty when attempting to respond to simply commands from the officers at the scene.
A witness with a recently destroyed mailbox was on hand to identify Millman as the individual behind the vandalism, and Millman was then arrested. He is currently facing his second DUI charge in three months as well as hit-and-run and property damage charges.
James O. Cunningham
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