Florida Deputies Rescue DUI Motorist From Burning Vehicle

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) rescued a man from a burning car on October 31 after he crashed into a street sweeper in Palm Coast, Florida, while driving under the influence, the sheriff’s office said.

The driver’s vehicle suffered heavy front-end damage and caught on fire after causing approximately $10,000 in damages to the street sweeper, the FCSO said.

Two witnesses were attempting to remove the driver, Ari Waffle, 28, from his car when FCSO Watch Commander Jason Neat arrived on the scene, the FCSO wrote on Facebook.

Neat and the witnesses rescued the driver as Deputy Gonzalez used a fire extinguisher to douse the fire, as seen in the video.

A passenger in the vehicle also suffered injuries on his face, police said.

Waffle failed to complete any field sobriety exercises, giving deputies probable cause to believe that his ability to safely drive a vehicle was impaired, the sheriff’s office said. Waffle was charged with driving under the influence with property damage or personal injury and taken into custody.

“Commander Neat, the other deputies and the witness likely saved this man’s life,” Sheriff Rick Staly said. “Now he is … hopefully contemplating his decision to drive impaired and putting himself, his passengers, and all of the other people traveling on our roads at risk. They are all lucky to be alive.” Credit: Flagler County Sheriff’s Office via Storyful

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