Deputies: Drunken driver crashed into patrol car

Published On: Jun 14 2012 01:42:24 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 14 2012 01:43:47 PM EDT

A Palm Coast woman was charged with drunken driving after her vehicle struck a Flagler County deputy's patrol car, which was stopped with another vehicle, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The Florida Highway Patrol arrested 45-year-old Colleen Comfort after the crash on Palm Harbor Parkway about 11:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Troopers said Deputy John-Jack Castanheira was conducting a traffic stop on Palm Harbor Parkway near the entrance to Marina Cove, and his emergency lights were activated on the patrol car when Comfort's vehicle passed by and crashed into the open patrol car door.

Castanheira, who was exiting his vehicle, was alerted by Deputy Michael Sapp and was able to retreat back inside his vehicle before the collision, troopers said.

Troopers said Comfort failed to stop for the accident, and Sapp, who was on the scene for the first traffic stop, pursued her until stopping her at the intersection of Collingwood Lane and Cottonwood Court.

Sapp told the trooper he saw Comfort's vehicle approaching the traffic stop scene. He said the vehicle did not appear to be slowing before colliding with the patrol car door.

Comfort told troopers she thought she hit a mailbox. Troopers said she declined to submit to field sobriety tests and was transported to the Flagler County Inmate Facility. Troopers said a blood alcohol breat test was administed and Comfort registered a .252 on the initial test. The legal alcohol limit is .08.

No Flagler County deputies were injured in the crash.

Comfort is charged with DUI, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, and DUI with property damage. She was being held in the Flagler County Inmate Facility on Thursday with bail set at $1,000.