FREEPORT — A 27-year-old man was arrested after tailgating several people on State Road 20, ramming the backs of other cars with his car and failing a field sobriety test.
According to the man’s Walton County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, on Dec. 7 a victim told deputies he was driving eastbound on S.R. 20 near Nick’s Seafood Restaurant when he saw “headlights coming up behind him pretty fast.” He said the vehicle then struck his vehicle several times, at one point pushing him faster until his car started to fishtail. The man pulled into the restaurant parking lot and called 911.
Another victim told authorities he and his wife were traveling farther down S.R. 20 when the vehicle came up fast behind them and rammed the rear of their car several times. Both the driver’s and passenger’s seats broke from the impact and the driver’s glasses flew off his face.
The deputy made contact with the driver, who told him he had taken two shots of Fireball Whiskey at a Destin bar before heading to the Hammock Bay neighborhood in Freeport. He said he remembered almost hitting a couple of cars, but didn’t remember much until he saw the blue lights.
The man performed poorly on a field sobriety test and blew a .148 on a breathalyzer test four hours after the incidents occurred.
The man was charged with DUI, leaving the scene of an accident involving damage and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill.