SANTA ROSA BEACH — A 23-year-old man was arrested for DUI after he left the scene of a hit-and-run and was caught driving erratically in another county.
A Walton County sheriff’s officer saw a vehicle roll through a stop sign without completely stopping. The driver turned at the intersection and quickly accelerated, causing the wheels to lose traction and swerve into the opposite lane.
The deputy attempted to pull the driver over, but he wouldn’t stop at first. Once the deputy made contact with the driver, he asked him why he was driving erratically and he said, “I’m sorry. I’m an idiot.”
According to the arrest report, the driver had bloodshot and watery eyes and was reacting slowly. He fumbled with paperwork, and eventually gave the deputy his license, which was not valid.
Earlier that night, the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office put out a “Be On the Look Out” notice for a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run in Destin. This vehicle matched the description and had front-end damage.
When the deputy asked the man what happened to his car, he said someone “brake checked” him and he hit the vehicle. He said he didn’t stop because he didn’t have a valid license and his mother told him, “Whoever is at fault, they pay.”
The deputy conducted a series of DUI checks on the driver, all of which he failed. He admitted to drinking one of two beers. He was arrested and his car was towed.
At the jail, the man performed a breath test and blew a 0.118 and 0.111.