Volusia County deputies said they arrested man after he rammed a patrol car and gas pump, then tried to flee the wrong way down a road.
A Volusia County Sheriff’s deputy said when he saw 34-year-old Calvin Robinson early Sunday morning, the man was quietly slumped over in the driver’s seat of his car parked by the gas pumps of a truck stop near Ormond Beach.
Deputies said Robinson woke up and suddenly struck the deputy with his car, ran into and damaged the gas pumps, rammed the deputy’s patrol vehicle and fled driving the wrong way on the highway.
Deputies said they tracked Robinson down and after a brief pursuit finally took him into custody.
Deputies said at 4:46 a.m. Sunday, the deputy arrived at Loves Truck Stop, 1657 North U.S. 1, after the store manager had called to report a man was in the store who could barely walk straight due to being so intoxicated.
Deputies said Bunnell Police Department officers had recently witnessed Robinson driving recklessly but he had managed to flee from them.
The deputy found the car parked at an angle by the gas pumps and the driver door was ajar with Robinson slumped over, deputies said.
The deputy turned on his patrol vehicle’s emergency lights, parked in front of the car and walked over to check on Robinson, deputies said.
Deputies said when Robinson saw them approaching, he was able to back the car up and hit one of the approaching deputies and pinned him against the gas pumps, which were damaged in the collision.
Robinson then sped forward ramming the deputy’s patrol car and finally drove away, deputies said.
The deputy didn’t sustain any serious injuries, but his patrol vehicle was so damaged that it later had to be towed.
Deputies said Robinson was driving southbound in the northbound lanes of North U.S. 1 when other deputies caught up to him.
Deputies punctured the fleeing vehicle’s tires with stop-sticks, but Robinson kept going, deputies said.
Deputies said Robinson turned down a few side streets before stopping near the intersection of North Nova Road and Old Kings Road where he was taken into custody.
Deputies noted that Robinson reeked of alcohol, had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes, and beer cans were inside the car.
Additionally, deputies learned that Robinson had four active suspensions on his driver’s license, and Robinson admitted to not having a valid driver’s license. He was charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, fleeing or eluding a law enforcement officer, DUI, driving with a suspended license, criminal mischief and resisting an officer with violence.
Robinson was booked into the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach.