Daytona Beach, FL - An early morning drive ends with Daytona Beach police rescuing 3 people – 2 of them kids – from a watery ditch and booking 1 of them for drunk driving.
20-year-old Leon J. Lovelady (picture courtesy Volusia County Jail) is being held on $4,500 bond on charges of D.U.I., grand theft auto, driving without a valid license and 2 counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
The Daytona Beach Police Department says it all started around 4am Sunday morning at Lovelady’s home when he took his sister’s 1997 GMC Yukon and brought her 2 boys – ages 8 and 5 – along without her permission.
Numerous witnesses – including an EVAC unit – say they saw an SUV traveling in the area without headlights just before the crash happened on the 1800 block of Mason Avenue.
Responding officers report that they found the SUV resting in a ditch with its front end submerged in water around 4:45am and had to pull Lovelady out of the vehicle as soon as they got there.
The incident report also states that both of his nephews had gotten out of the vehicle by the time police arrived, with one of them holding an empty vodka bottle in his hand.
Lovelady failed a field sobriety test and refused a breathalyzer before he was arrested, according to police.
After the accident, one of the children told police that “Uncle Leon was trying to hurt us, driving fast, turning the music up loud and almost hitting stuff.”
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