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Two Men Caught in Bunnell After Smashing Their Speeding Car and Fleeing Cops

| December 10, 2011

The Taurus that smashed against a ditch after spinning down the State Road 100 ramp into Bunnell this morning. (© FlaglerLive)

At 9:46 a.m. a Flagler County Sheriff’s Office deputy observed a Taurus speeding east toward Bunnell on State Road 100–and speeding so recklessly fast that the deputy could not catch up to the car. Two minutes later, the Taurus rear-ended another car and spun around down the SR100 ramp into Bunnell, smashing into a ditch and triggering the air bags.

Two black men in the car, including driver Darryl Duffy, 21, apparently uninjured, fled the scene. The sheriff’s office set chase, launching the county’s Fire Flight in the air, which hovered this morning very low in the neighborhood of Saw Mill Estates, where Bunnell’s upper crust lives. A K-9 unit was also called in.

Darryl Duffy (FCSO)

Flagler County Sheriff Spokeswoman Debbie Johnson said one of the two men was caught on Deen Road. The other was in the woods for a while longer, but was eventually caught, before noon, on North Anderson Street and East Woodland Avenue, where a cluster of cop cars, lights flashing, was still lining the road at about noon, when Roger’s Towing arrive to tow the Taurus.

The other car in the original wreck was damaged, but it’s unclear how much, and its three occupants were not injured. (This story originally reported two occupants. See the comment by Cynthia Nicholson, one of the occupants, correcting the record.)

Duffy, who turned 21 the day of the incident and is from Palatka, was booked into the Flagler County jail. He faces several charges, including speeding, careless driving, fleeing and eluding and resisting arrest without violence, Johnson said. He may face additional charges from Bunnell police. It’s not clear if the other individual who was in the Taurus will also be charged. He posted $3,000 bond.

Why the two men were speeding east isn’t known.

Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

Skid marks and debris where the Taurus lost control. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

The scene on East Woodland Avenue late this morning. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

The wreck took place on the ramp off the SR100 bridge leading into Bunnell, at 9:48 a.m. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

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19 Responses for “Two Men Caught in Bunnell After Smashing Their Speeding Car and Fleeing Cops”

  1. destinie simmerson says:

    Mr Duffy ran a car into my house in May. The car was not his, and not reported stolen however, the car insurance won’t pay for my house damages because, “Mr. Duffy “didn’t have permission” to be driving the vehicle” any suggestions help! Also, the deputy that Mr Duffy was fleeing from at the time happened to run a police chase into a different house only months before. Feeling frustrated.


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