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'Leprechaun' tracks speeders in Flagler County

Sheriff issues warning to drivers

Deputy Greg Nunziato tracks speeders (Photo courtesy: Flagler County Sheriff's Office)
Deputy Greg Nunziato tracks speeders (Photo courtesy: Flagler County Sheriff's Office)

FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – He may have gotten some strange looks but Flagler County Sheriff’s Deputy Greg Nunziato took his traffic enforcement assignment seriously on St. Patrick’s Day: He dressed up as a leprechaun.

“Deputy Leprechaun” joined members of the Sheriff’s Office motorcycle unit to track speeders today in two separate locations: They were posted at the interchange of Palm Coast Parkway and Interstate 95, and then traveled to State Road 100 where they were stationed near Colbert Lane. 

Nunziato took aim with his radar gun, which measures the speed of oncoming cars. When the device measured someone traveling above the speed limit, the deputy radioed to motorcycle officers about a mile east on S.R. 100 with a description of the vehicle.

Then the speeders were pulled over for a traffic stop, the Sheriff's Office said.

The traffic enforcement campaign was set from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday on S.R. 100, one of the busiest corridors leading to the beach during the last weekend of Bike Week 2017. 

"Beware of the leprechaun,” Sheriff Rick Staly said. “Don’t let him take your pot of gold. Once you see him, it will be too late.”

Donning the bright green leprechaun costume garnered Nunziato good-natured honks and waves and he waved back to motorists. But the traffic enforcement is no joke to the Sheriff’s Office.

“Our traffic safety efforts include enforcement, education and awareness,” Sheriff Staly said.

In years past, deputies in other Florida counties have posed as the Grinch, Santa's elves and other characters while nabbing speeders.