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Palm Coast Man Accused of Drunk Driving Arrested After 2 Crashes on Belle Terre Pkwy.

| April 4, 2016

Ian Yahnke

Ian Yahnke.

Customers at the Kangaroo convenience store and gas station at the intersection of Belle Terre Parkway and Palm Coast Parkway had seen Ian Yahnke pull into the parking lot, stumble out of his silver Hyundai, then walk inside the store around 7 p.m. Sunday. Some pedestrians immediately called 911.


Inside the store, an employee also called 911 the moment she saw Yahnke “stumbling all over the store and spilling his coffee,” according to Yahnke’s arrest report. Another report states he broke three coffee cups, causing a big spill. Yahnke then got back in his car and backed out of his parking spot on the south side of the building, almost hitting two individuals standing nearby, and backing out against a car that had been parked at a pump station. Yahnke struck that 2013 Chevy Equinox, causing some $500 in damages, according to a crash report. He then started driving south on Belle Terre.

A Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy arrived at the Kangaroo soon after Yahnke had left, and decided to drive down Belle Terre in search of him. By then, witnesses who’d seen Yahnke pull out at Kangaroo decided to follow him in their own car, a Volkswagen, as he–in their description–sped down Belle Terre. Not long afterward, the deputy was told of another crash on Belle Terre, at White View Parkway, involving the same silver Hyundai.

At that intersection, the Hyundai had rear-ended a silver Honda that had been traveling south, requiring its driver, Abby Locher, to be briefly hospitalized and causing $2,000 in damages. The driver did not suffer serious injuries, a report states.

The drivers of the Volkswagen pointed out Yahnke to the arriving cop. He was leaning against the Hyundai with glassy and bloodshot eyes, his arrest report states, and slurring speech. He told the cop that he’d been drinking and had taken some Xanax from a friend, though he was unsure of the dosage. Xanax, an anti-anxiety sedative, can be dangerous when mixed with alcohol as it can cause impairment, dizziness, poor coordination and other symptoms that could make driving a hazard.

Yahnke, 45, a resident of Princess Geraldine Place in Palm Coast, was put through a field sobriety test and did poorly, not following instructions or in one case declining to continue with an exercise.

He was placed under arrest for suspicion of drunk driving and taken to Florida Hospital Flagler for medical clearance. There, at 8:56 p.m. and 9:16 p.m., he provided two breathalizer samples, which registered .271 and .289 blood-alcohol. The legal limit in Florida is 0.08. Yahnke’s height was given as 6’3”, his weight as 200 lb. An empty bottle of vodka was discovered on the floorboard of the car during inventory, before it was towed by Roger’s Towing of Bunnell.

Yahnke was charged with two counts of drunk driving with property damage or personal injury and released after posting bail on $2,000 bond.

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11 Responses for “Palm Coast Man Accused of Drunk Driving Arrested After 2 Crashes on Belle Terre Pkwy.”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I hope that, not only will his license be yanked after this incident, but that his car will be disabled so that, in order to operate in, the operator has to blow into a tube before the ignition will start. If alcohol is detected, the car will not start. it works in other states.

  2. A1A Resident says:

    Is there an update to the horrible case from a few weeks ago on A1A in which a potential drunk driver caused an accident in which two people lost their lives? After the initial story, I have not seen anything.

  3. YankeeExPat says:

    In Response to Anonymous:

    In regards to other states use of Alcohol detection ignition Locks in Automobiles

    The Florida Beer Wholesalers Association will never, never, never allow that to be considered in the Florida Legislature. Their organization has lobbying power on par with Florida Sugar Association.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Well, it seems like a good idea to me!

  5. Tom says:

    Revoke his license, revoke his license.REVOKE HIS LICENSE.
    IF the ACLU or some weakminded judge doesnt like it, tell them to pound sand.

  6. Bc. says:

    Lets hope the courts deal with him before he kill someone with his car.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Lucky this man didn’t kill someone. take his license , for a full year. VA has this law that if you have been caught drunk at the wheel, they had the device that YankeeEx noted above. You have to blow into this device and if your blood alcohol level is not where it should be your car will not start. Why can’t the State OF Florida have the same law.

  8. Geezer says:

    A .289 blood-alcohol level–holy Toledo.
    My goodness, any more booze and he’d dissolve.

    “Thank you” to the Volkswagen driver.

  9. Hammock says:

    I guess other lobbyist have more money.
    Section 316.193, Florida Statutes, requires ignition interlock devices to be installed on the vehicles of certain persons convicted of DUI.

    The ignition interlock program affects those arrested and convicted of DUI after July 1, 2002, upon eligibility of reinstatement for a permanent or restricted driver license. The ignition interlock device is also required when a driver convicted of DUI applies for a restricted license for work or business purposes (s. 322.271, F.S.).

  10. Dave says:

    Charged with two counts of drunk driving with property damage or personal injury Why wasn’t he also charged with “hit and run” for leavng the scene at the first accident at the Kangaroo gas station?

    I have no sympathy for drunk drivers. It isn’t rocket science. If you are driving then don’t drink. If you are not responsible enough to make a simple decision like that then you are not responsible enough to have a driver’s license.

  11. Geezer says:

    In the mug shot above, Ian Yahnke looks up, as if reading
    the Flaglerlive headline recounting his awesomely dumb adventure.

    Ian went to an exclusive college: Drunken State.

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