For the second time in as many days, the vehicle of driver accused of driving under the influence has collided with a Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy's patrol car.
Just before 11 p.m. Thursday, a 22-year-old Palm Coast woman backed her car into Deputy Fred Gimbel’s patrol car on State Road 100 near Landings Boulevard. The Sheriff's Office said Gimbel had stopped Karolyn Harris after observing her driving erratically as her vehicle was eastbound on State Road 100.
The Sheriff's Office said as soon as the deputy turned on his emergency lights, Harris' vehicle jerked to the left and returned to the lane before pulling off onto the shoulder. As the deputy got out of his car, he saw the back-up lights come on in Harris' car.
"I entered my vehicle and quickly had to put my vehicle in reverse, but before I could engage the shifter to reverse, the vehicle slightly bumped into my patrol vehicle's push bumper," Gimbel said.
Neither vehicle was damaged.
Harris, of 114 Ullian Trail, was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence after she failed several field sobriety tests. She was released from the Flagler County Inmate Facility after posting $150 bond on the charge.
About 24 hours earlier, a vehicle driven by a 45-year-old Palm Coast woman struck the open door of a patrol vehicle that was involved in a traffic stop on Palm Harbor Parkway. The Sheriff's Office said the woman failed to stop at the accident about 11 p.m. Wednesday and was located a short distance away where she was charged by the Florida Highway Patrol with DUI, DUI with property damage and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage.
No one was injured in the crash.
"Often, people forget that these deputies –- your neighbors and friends -– put their lives on the line every day that they put on their uniform," said Flagler County Sheriff Donald Fleming. "These are traffic incidents that could have been avoided if some common sense had been used by the drivers: Don't drink and drive."