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Traffic stop leads to DUI arrest

1:20 PM, Jun 3, 2013   |    comments
Flagler County Sheriff's Office
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FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. -- Flagler County Undersheriff Rick Staly pulled a vehicle over Friday night for driving without headlights and driving erratically near A1A and South 6th Street.

Before pulling the vehicle over, Staly cautiously drove behind it for a short distance. The report said he observed the vehicle swerving several times and allegedly almost striking a parked vehicle.

Donald R. Penny, 61, of Palm Coast stopped the vehicle near Flagler Pier. The Undersheriff activated the emergency lights on his unmarked patrol car and stopped behind the vehicle, the release detailed. Shortly thereafter, a Sheriff's Office K-9 officer and Flagler Beach Police Sergeant arrived on scene.

Penny was asked if he would submit to field sobriety testing. The release said Penny agreed and Staly administered the tests.

Upon completion of field tests Staly arrested Penny and transported him to the Flagler County Detention Facility where he submitted to a breath test, which registered more than twice the legal limit.

Penny is charged with DUI, Failure to Use Designated Lane and Driving without Headlights. He is currently being held at the Flagler County Inmate Facility on $250.00 bond.

"I enjoy going out on patrol and spending time with the men and women of our agency. This was just one of those situations that officers deal with every day," said Undersheriff Staly. "Impaired drivers endanger the lives of lawful drivers and violations will be strictly enforced," added Staly.

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