Shortly after 2 a.m. a man reported that while he was fishing on the beach, a pick-up truck entered the beach at a high rate of speed from the beach access. The complainant said the vehicle was angled in a westerly direction, and at a high rate of speed entered the ocean’s water line.
Upon the fire department’s first responder’s arrival, the vehicle was sighted approximately 35 yards out into the ocean’s water. However, the fire department’s rescue attempts of the vehicle’s driver were unsuccessful, due to his lack of cooperation and repeated refusal to exit the vehicle. Upon the police departments’ arrival, an officer’s assistance was requested by the fire department. Dropping gear, the officer entered the ocean’s water, preceded to the vehicle and met with the driver. The driver was talked out of the vehicle without incident by the officer. When the driver exited the vehicle, he walked out of the water on his own accord, and was subsequently met and evaluated by EMS personnel on the beach.
Even though the driver’s response to questions asked during EMS’s evaluation were correct, the driver was found to be confused and disoriented of his present whereabouts. Nevertheless, the driver agreed to be transported to the local emergency room for a medical check-up. The driver was transported to the hospital by EMS. A new officer was assigned to escort EMS to ensure medical compliance. While at the hospital the officer revealed that the driver is a diabetic with heart issues. The driver complied with the hospital’s ER medical evaluation and the officer was dismissed. The driver was charged with reckless operation and a court date was set. A dog (beagle) belonging to the driver was rescued by the fire department and tuned over to the police. The dog was placed in the rear compartment of the officer’s cruiser.
A towing company was summoned. However, they showed up with a 2x2 flat bed and not a 4x4 for beach travel/tow. The fire department provided a dozer in case the tow truck bogged down in the sand. The driver’s vehicle was staged on the beach until the tow truck could be relocated and turned around for its pickup.
An inventory of the enclosed bed of the driver’s vehicle resulted on the seizure of a Remington .22L rifle, a S&W .38 caliber revolver, two knives, a miscellaneous number of mixed ammunition (all stored in a plastic rifle case), and a folk guitar were removed for safe keeping. All of these items had been completely exposed to the ocean’s salt water and damaged by the same. Only three plastic bottles of an unknown type sports drink were found in the passenger compartment of his vehicle.
The towing company’s flatbed bogged down on the beach sand while turning around. As a result the officers summoned another officer to pick up one of their military medium tactical vehicles to assist. Upon arrival the driver’s vehicle and the tow truck were pulled off the beach without incident. The driver’s vehicle was loaded, transported and secured by the towing company at their lot. The officer’s police cruiser was brought to him by the fire personnel per his request.
Upon the officer’s entry into his police cruiser, a strong scent of urine was noticed. Apparently the driver’s dog had urinated on the rear passenger back seat during the relocation/movement of the vehicle through the beach sand. As a result, the police cruiser was relocated and the dog was secured in one of the police station’s kennels. The officers removed and cleaned the seat several times, as best as they could.
Via the internet, an officer located the telephone number for the driver’s wife. She was contacted and briefed on the incident. She was in Florida at the time and told the officer it would take her approximately seven hours to get to the hospital. The officer confirmed with the doctor on duty at the hospital that he could stay in the hospital until his wife arrived. She also told the officer that inside her husband’s truck there were multiple medications for his health. The officer relayed the information to the hospital. During the conversation on the phone, she asked about the beagle’s well-being. The officer informed her that the dog was fine and was being held at one of the station’s kennels. He also provided her husband with a police station business card and informed him that he could pick up the beagle there. Items taken for security have been submitted and secured at the police department evidence room pending driver’s pick up.