Flagler deputy rescues woman trapped in vehicle in watery ditch

Cops: Driver swerved to avoid hitting deer, overturned truck in ditch


BUNNELL, Fla. – A Flagler County deputy rescued a woman after she crashed into a watery ditch on Thursday morning and was trapped in her vehicle for nearly a hour.

Deputy Aaron Beausoleil, 24, arrived at the crash scene in the 300 block of County Road 80 in Bunnell just after 1:30 a.m. and found the overturned red Toyota Tacoma truck in a watery, 6-foot ditch. 

Deputies said Beausoleil couldn't see 21-year-old Brandy Demarco in the truck, but her door was locked and he could hear her yelling.

“She was yelling. I told her I was going to use my baton to smash the window,’’ Beausoleil said in a release. “The water level wasn’t that high. But there was water coming inside the cab. It was definitely a bad situation.’’ 

Beausoleil and another deputy pulled Demarco out of the truck and calmed her down. Demarco told deputies she was driving west on County Road 80 when she swerved to miss hitting deer in the road, overturning her truck in the ditch.

Deputies said Demarco cut her seat belt but was unable to get free of the vehicle and said water was filling up inside. She suffered minor injuries.

Beausoleil has worked for the Flagler County Sheriff's Office for just over a year.

“I’m very proud of our deputy. He did exactly what he’s trained to do, and we had a good outcome from a bad situation," said Sheriff James Manfre in a release.