FCSO’s Weekend Roundup for September 22nd – 25th

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Flagler County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) deputies made 5 arrests last weekend between 6 a.m. on Friday, September 22nd, 2023, and 6 a.m. on Monday, September 25th, 2023. Deputies handled 893 calls for service and made 242 traffic stops.

“Our deputies were able to maintain a quiet weekend in Flagler County,” said Sheriff Rick Staly. “Our latest DUI arrest is a sobering reminder to never drink and drive. We are fortunate to arrest him before he hurt someone or himself.”

On Friday night, Deputies were searching for Matthew Karsten, 43, after he allegedly battered a family member earlier in the day. Deputies finally spotted Karsten driving on Old Kings Road around 10:20 p.m. and swerving in and out of his lane.

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Deputies conducted a traffic stop on Karsten, who appeared to have problems following instructions and stepping out of his vehicle. The 43-year-old seemed impaired and failed the subsequent field sobriety tests.

“This guy made it too easy for us,” said Sheriff Staly. “Catching him drunk was easy, but he put others at risk on the road. Sober up and make a responsible choice. Don’t drink and drive, or go to the Green Roof Inn,”

Karsten was arrested for Driving Under the Influence (D.U.I.), and Domestic Battery. He was transported to the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility (SPHIDF) and was released after posting $1,000 bond.

To watch a video of Karsten’s arrest, click here.


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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