Man faces DUI charge after crashing into Deltona daycare, deputies say

Duane Doty, 48, arrested

La Petite Academy in Deltona. (Copyright 2022 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A man was found wandering the parking lot of a daycare facility Thursday night after he had crashed into it while driving under the influence, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office said deputies responded at 11:20 p.m. to La Petite Academy in Deltona and found a Jeep crashed into the building.

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According to officials, deputies learned from a witness that the Jeep swerved off the road, drove through some trees and crashed into the building.

The driver, identified as 48-year-old Duane Doty, told deputies his friend had been working on his vehicle and the alignment broke for the fifth time, causing him to lose control, according to an incident report. When deputies asked him if he had been drinking, he said he had a few beers while his car was worked on, the report says.

Duane Doty (Volusia County Sheriff's Office)

In a 911 call released by the sheriff’s office, a man reporting the crash is heard yelling to what appears to be the driver and asking if they are OK.

“He’s climbing out. I can hear him,” the man says. “... I don’t know if there was anyone with him, no.”

Listen to the 911 audio below:

Authorities released two body-camera videos where one shows deputies performing field sobriety tests on Doty.

In the video, you see deputies lead Doty to another area where there is flat ground and Doty attempt to walk heel-to-toe.

Doty was arrested on a charge of DUI after he was unable to complete field sobriety tests, deputies said. According to the report, two empty cans of beer were found on the floor of the car.

Officials said two breath tests from Doty resulted in readings of 0.225 and 0.214, nearly three times the legal limit to drive in Florida.

Doty is charged with DUI and indecent exposure.

About the Author:

Brenda Argueta is a digital journalist who joined in March 2021. She graduated from UCF and returned to Central Florida after working in Colorado.