The Northwest Daily News reports that in less than three months, a Panama City Beach man has been arrested for his second DUI after rear-ending a family on Scenic Highway 30A. The 27-year-old male from Panama City Beach was driving east on 30A Sunday night when he rear-ended a car in front of the Tom Thumb gas station. The car Romano hit was driven by a family of three, including a three-month old baby. A Walton County Sheriff’s deputy was at the Tom Thumb at the time of the crash and was able to respond almost immediately. By the time additional deputies responded, the male was swaying back and forth and slurring his words, according to the news release from the Sheriff’s Office. He told deputies he had “three very, very strong drinks,” became very agitated with deputies and repeatedly asked why he couldn’t leave. Subsequently, he began to insult the deputies and call them names, according to the news release. While talking to the deputies. the male asked a female deputy if she wanted to watch him dance with his “jazz hands.” The deputies had him perform a field sobriety test on scene, which he failed. He was then arrested for driving under the influence. As stated above, this is this male’s second DUI, the 1st one was in Panama City Beach when the Panama City Beach Police Department officers found him passed out behind the wheel of his Mercedes in the middle of Thomas Drive in Panama City Beach on July 26, 2015.
On Monday, a Walton County ambulance rear-ended a BMW on U.S. 331 while transporting a patient to Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast. Louis Svehla, spokesman for Walton County said the incident occurred around 4 p.m. near Mallet Bayou Road. One EMT and one paramedic, along with the driver of the BMW and the patient in the ambulance were all taken to Sacred Heart, Svehla said. The crew members were later released from the hospital. The conditions of the driver and the original patient are unknown. As protocol, the ambulance driver was taken to Healthmark Regional Medical Center in DeFuniak Springs to be drug tested. Results are pending.
On Tuesday, there was a multi-car wreck on Highway 231 at Berthe Nelson Road which left one person dead. FHP reports that a 46-year-old male from Fountain died in the wreck which happened about 7:30 a.m. The male was driving a van when he was hit from behind by a truck driven by an 18-year-old male from Panama City. The force of the collision sent the van into the back of a third car stopped in front of him. The third car hit a fourth car, which was stopped in front of it. Investigators say charges against Junger are pending based on results of the ongoing investigation.