Flagler Sheriff’s Office Makes 5 DUI Arrests ad 25 Total Arrests Over Memorial Day Weekend

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This last weekend, May 26th, 2023 through May 29th, 2023, was a busy weekend for the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. They made a total of 25 arrests, five of which were DUI arrests, made 165 traffic stops and handled 884 calls for service.

“It was a busy holiday weekend for our Deputy Sheriffs,” said Sheriff Rick Staly. “Our units were busy catching poison peddlers while keeping our streets and waters safe from drunk drivers and captains. Great job by all our team. I know our Deputies worked hard this holiday weekend to make sure everyone could enjoy a safe weekend while honoring fallen heroes.”

Friday night, the FCSO and the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), worked together on a joint DUI operations that resulted in 3 DUI arrests, 18 citations, and 33 warnings.

FCSO Deputies were called out to a home of Fruitwood Ave in regards to a disturbance. Deputy Gaddie and Deputy Kusek found two people in a vehicle in the driveway, with narcotics and drug paraphernalia in plain view. The deputies had probable cause to search the vehicle and found 20 grams of Methamphetamine, 3 grams of Fentanyll and drug paraphernalia. Hanna Albright and Dacotah Clarke were both arrested for Possession of Fentanyl, and Trafficking Methamphetamine, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Both Albright and Clarke have criminal history for drug charges. “Obviously, they don’t learn their lessons and now the courts need to deal with the consequences. They have had enough chances,” said Sheriff Staly.

Saturday the FCSO made an arrest after a Palm Coast man pointed a gun at a persons head for using his driveway to back up their vehicle. The two victims stated that the suspect, Terry Vetsch, came at them yelling with a gun, after the driver of the vehicle had used Vetsch’s driveway to back up. Vetsch struck the victim’s rear passenger window with the gun before the second victim approached Vetsch where an argument further ensued. It was at this time in the argument that Vetsch pointed his gun at the second victims head and continued the argument. Vetsch told Deputy Munoz that he had thought the victims were his neighbors with whom he had argued with several times before. Vetsch gave Deputy Munoz permission to view the security footage of the incident. The footage showed that the victim had followed Vetsch towards his property but had not actually trespassed at the time when Vetsch pointed his gun at the victim. Vetsch was then arrested for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon Without Intent to Kill. He is being held on a $50,000 bond.

Sunday, the FCSO was able to captured a fugitive from Okeechobee County. Deputy Gaddie stopped Shane North for not coming to a complete stop before entering Mahogany Blvd, and because the passenger was not wearing a seatbelt.  Deputy Gaddie reported that he smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle and had probable cause for a search, where the deputy found a small amount. Deputy Gaddie was also able to find that North had an active warrant out for his arrest for Burglary in Okeechobee County. He was arrested on that warrant and is being held at the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility on no bond.

By Krys DeWind

Krys DeWind has been a Flagler County resident since 2016. She is active in her community and is always looking for ways to better it. She has a community first attitude which is one of the central founding ideals of the Flagler County Buzz.

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