FCSO Arrests Nearly Naked Driver and Passenger After Fleeing Hit-and-Run and Trespassing School Property

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June 21st, 2023, the FCSo responded to the area of SR-100 and Old Kings Road South for a reported hit-and-run. A light blue SUV was witnessed driving through the intersections of SR-100 and Old Kings Road South and hit multiple vehicles, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife officer who witnessed the event. The SUV continued on Old Kings Road South at a high speed. The FWC officer attempted to stop the vehicle after activating his emergency lights and siren, but the vehicle did not cooperate.

The vehicle entered the property of Old Kings Elementary school and drove around the track before leaving school property and continuing down Old Kings Road South, where the vehicle then entered the landfill and wooded area between the landfill and I-95.

The FCSO deputies arrived on scene and set up a perimeter while Flagler County Fireflight tracked the vehicle from the sky. FCSO approached the vehicle that appeared to be stuck on a concrete barrier. The occupants in the vehicle were ordered to exit the vehicle but did not comply. The occupants were removed from the vehicle and placed under arrest. The man was naked except for a small covering that was wrapped around his waist and a pair of socks. Deputies do not know why the man was not wearing more clothing.

The driver, identified as Stephen Peterson, 22 years old from Port Orange, and the passenger, Victoria Averill 20 years old, were taken to patrol vehicles. Peterson was arrested and charged with Fleeing and Eluding, Leaving the Scene of a Crash with Damage to Vehicle or Property, Resisting an Officer without Violence, Trespassing on School Grounds, Possession of Marijuana Under 20 Grams, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia/Equipment. Averill was arrested and charged with Trespassing on School Grounds, Possession of Marijuana Under 20 Grams, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia/Equipment. Peterson is being held on a $19,500 bond and Averill is being held on a $3,000 bond.

“Just when you think you’ve seen and heard everything – a naked driver causes multiple hit and run crashes, flees from law enforcement, resists arrest and then has to be dragged out naked from his car to be arrested,” said Sheriff Rick Staly. “Not only did this man endanger lives on the road and his passenger but he also could have placed innocent children at risk had they been playing on the running track. I’ll leave it up to your imagination on what was going on inside the car! Great job by all deputies and FWC’s officer apprehending these individuals.”

 

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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