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4 hours ago
CLICK IT OR TICKET: From May 21-June 3, State and local law enforcement agencies across the Nation are stepping up enforcement to crack down on motorists who aren’t wearing their seatbelts. Click It or Ticket isn’t about citations; it’s about saving lives. In 2016, there were 10,428 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States.
To help prevent crash fatalities, we need to step up enforcement and crack down on those who don’t wear their seatbelts. HOW CAN YOU HELP? By reminding those you love to buckle up. ... See MoreSee Less
8 hours ago
Fire Extinguisher Assaults: Deputies in the S.E. District and Officers with the St. Augustine Beach PD each responded to similar incidents of subjects spraying individuals with fire extinguishers, for no apparent reason. Deputies first responded to a report at the Wal-Mart on US 1 South. The 3 victims stated they were sitting in a vehicle when two white male subjects approached the car, asked them “Do you know Omega”, and proceeded to spray them with a fire extinguisher. They reported left the area in a silver or blue colored sedan headed south on US 1. Several minutes later, the SABPD received a call of a similar incident. That victim stated a Silver Dodge Charger pulled up next to him at a local restaurant and asked directions to “Daytona Beach.” As he attempted to assist them, he was sprayed with a fire extinguisher. Another subject, who was walking his dog along 16th street was approached and asked where “Hamilton Street” was. He was also sprayed. From all accounts, the descriptions obtained are of a 2012-2016 Silver Dodge Charger, with possible Virginia plates and an advanced stereo system. One victim believed he had seen the car in the area before. The occupants were two white males with dark clothing and short brown hair. There may have been a female in the back seat. Anyone who may know this vehicle is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office or SABPD.
DWLS Arrest: A traffic stop conducted along SR 16 by a N.E. District Deputy resulted in the arrest of a man for driving and probation offenses. According to the report, once the vehicle was stopped, and the driver’s license was requested the man stated, “I’m not going to lie, my license is messed up”. The driver then informed the deputy he had just been involved in a single vehicle crash in Jacksonville, however the JSO had no reports reflective of the statements. The deputy did confirm the man’s driver’s license status based on the individual’s statement. It was in fact, suspended for being a Habitual Traffic Offender, as well as discovering the subject was on Probation. Due to the fact the subject knew his DL was revoked and was violating his probation by driving a motor vehicle on public roadways, he was arrested and taken to the SJC Jail on those charges.
DUI and Drug Arrest: A N.W. District Deputy received a complaint of a reckless driver going west bound on Race Track Road. According to the complainant, the vehicle was speeding, weaving in and out of traffic and straddling traffic lanes. The deputy located the vehicle and after activating the deputy’s light and a blast from the patrol cars air horn, pulled into a gas station. The driver pulled next to a gas pump and began to exit his car when the deputy ordered him to stay in the vehicle. According to the report, the deputy noted the man was completely unaware of his presence behind him. As the deputy approached the vehicle, the deputy smelled the odor of burning Marijuana and the man’s speech was slurred, along with other signs of possible impairment. The man advised he had recently consumed beer. Following Field Sobriety Tasks, the deputy arrested the man for DUI. During the vehicle inventory the deputy also located approx. 70 grams of Marijuana in the car. The subject was arrested and taken to the SJC Jail where he refused a sample of his breath to determine his level of possible impairment.
Possession of Methamphetamine: Two separate arrests have been made for Meth Possession, by deputies working in the S.W. District. The first arrest began after deputies found a man walking in the middle of the street impeding traffic flow. Upon approaching the individual, the deputy smelled the odor of Marijuana coming from the individual. When asked, the man stated he had recently smoked Marijuana and consented to a search of his possessions for any contraband. The deputy located U.S. Currency that was folded over and contained a crystal substance which presumptively tested positive for Meth. A second deputy encountered a vehicle parked on a roadway near SR 16 which had an odor of Marijuana coming from it. When asked, the subject stated there may a “little bit” of Marijuana in the car and that he did smoke the substance recreationally. While continuing his investigation, the deputy located drug paraphernalia as well as Methamphetamine under his seat. Both were arrested and taken to the SJC Jail without further incident.
Stolen Bike: According to a report filed by S.E. District Deputies, a man left his bicycle unsecured in front of a retail store located along US 1 South. When he returned from shopping some 10 minutes later, the bike was missing. The bike was described as a silver and green colored mountain bike and was valued at $400.00.
Car Burglary-Gun Stolen: The victim of a car burglary summoned N.E. District deputies after he discovered a handgun and 2 ammo magazines missing from his car. The victim stated he entered his car to go to the gym and noticed his center console open. When he did a check of the console and glove box, he noticed his firearm and ammunition were gone. The deputy noted that force was not used to obtain access into the vehicle. Please LOCK your vehicles, garage doors and homes.
Narcotics-DWLS-False Identity: A N.W. District Deputy conducted a traffic stop on a white pickup truck whose taillights were not visible. The driver initially told the deputy he forgot his DL and provided a name in order to verify hi DL status. The driver appeared nervous and when questioned further about his identity could not provide basic information on the subjects name used. A computer search revealed the true identity of the driver and upon a search of his true identity revealed his DL to be suspended numerous times for past violations. After securing the suspect, and being asked if there was anything illegal in the truck, the man stated he had drugs in his backpack. A search of the contents revealed 2.3 grams of Methamphetamine, 3 grams of Cocaine, 20 grams of Marijuana and several items of drug paraphernalia. The subject was arrested on 6 different charges, ranging from Obstruction by False Name, DWLS and numerous drug related charges.
Your SJSO responded to over 900 calls this weekend, with the N.W. District outpacing the other districts for calls for service. The S.E. District had the call which took the longest to address at more than 4.5 hours for a single incident (other incoming requests continued of course). Saturday was the busiest day by nearly 100 calls for service. There were 9 reports over the weekend where individuals reported their property was intentionally damaged by others. Deputies located two vehicles which were stolen from other jurisdictions and recovered them for their owners.
Feel free to share with new neighbors so they too can be engaged with SJC Safety! Have Great and Safe Week! ... See MoreSee Less
POLICE ACTIVITY - Deputies are on scene with a despondent individual at US-1 and SR 312. There is no threat to public safety, and we are working to reach out to this individual and get him assistance.
Please avoid the area if possible. Thank you for your understanding. ... See MoreSee Less
TAKING CARE OF GATORS! This video was taken yesterday of three of our deputies capturing a gator that was trespassing. After capturing it, distracting it so they could get the jacket over its head, and securing it, a trapper was able to take the gator and release it back into the wild in a safer location.
The gator was not injured during this process of capturing, and the trapper was the one who suggested the form of distraction. It worked too, because as you can see - it was easy for the Deputy to “get the drop” on the gator!
Great job to everyone involved!! Glad no one was hurt too! ... See MoreSee Less