Last Updated: Monday, 3:31 p.m.
Brandan Ingram, a 24-year-old resident of Rolling Sands Drive in Palm Coast, was arrested early this morning and charged with leaving the scene of a crash with an injury, a felony, after allegedly racing recklessly on U.S. 1 through Bunnell and crashing into a Flagler County Sheriff’s patrol car, slightly injuring a deputy.
Ingram was first reported driving a blue sedan recklessly just after 11 p.m., south of Bunnell. Ingram, who was driving northbound with a 25-year-old woman in the passenger seat, was racing with other cars, riding too close to them, switching lanes and going at excessive speeds. His arrest report notes he was “racing through the city at more than 100 mph.”
Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies prepared to deploy stock sticks. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, at U.S. 1 and County Road 13, Ingram ran off the road into the median and entered the southbound left turn lane, where Cpl. Jacob West’s patrol car was stationary. West reported observing Ingram racing another car and going 111 mph before losing control.
Ingram’s car rotated, its left rear colliding with the patrol car’s right rear side and continuing to spin into the southbound lanes of U.S. 1 before fleeing the scene. FHP reported the 36-year-old deputy at the scene to have “minor” injuries.
The crash caused the bumper on Ingram’s car to fall at the scene, enabling authorities to trace the tag to its owner at Rolling Sands Drive. There was plenty of activity at that address when authorities arrived, and hat looked like the positioning of two vehicles to hide a third one, according to a deputy’s account. Ingram was among the people there, and conceded that he had been driving the blue vehicle. (A white Nissan he is seen painting turquoise blue on his and his girlfriend’s social media pages last month.)
Ingram told the deputy that “an orange Charger scat pack was taunting him and yelling at him with the windows down,” according to an incident report. “Brandan advised that he might’ve went a little too fast, and did crash, but did not know it was a Deputy that he hit.” His partner told a deputy she was with Ingram–and did not like him going that fast, and had to lower her head in the car from being so scared. She’d begged him to stop and report the incident. He refused, even after the crash.
Ingram faces charges of leaving the scene of a crash with an injury, a third-degree felony, reckless driving with damage to private property, and racing on the highway. After he was taken to AdventHealth Palm Coast to be cleared medically, Ingram was booked at the Flagler County jail on $3,500 bond, and remained at the jail this morning. He also faces various traffic violations. The deputy did not require hospitalization. A sheriff’s spokesman said the case remains under review.
“Endangering the lives of not only others on the road, but of those sworn to protect our community will send you straight to the Green Roof Inn every time,” Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly said. “Fortunately he did not seriously injure a Deputy Sheriff by his stupid actions. This guy obviously isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed. He gets into a high-speed wreck, colliding with a law enforcement vehicle and flees. Thankfully, he was just dumb enough to leave his license plate behind.”