FSU fan in fast-food fisticuffs

From staff reports

A Fort Walton Beach man is in trouble after he allegedly slugged another man in the eye at a fast food restaurant.

On July 20 an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to Whataburger on Harbor Boulevard to deal with a fight. When she got there, the deputy encountered a man who was bleeding from an open cut to his chin. He said a man wearing an FSU T-shirt slugged him, then fled the scene.

Several deputies arrived to help search for the suspect. Several blocks away they found a man who fit the description. The victim positively identified him as the slugger.

The arrest report didn’t say why the man slugged the other man, but he was charged with misdemeanor battery.

His plea date was Aug. 6.

Another bicyclist hit in Miramar Beach

Bicyclist Becca Kudaiberdieza, 20, was hit by a vehicle on U.S. Highway 98 near the Silver Sands Premium Outlets in Miramar Beach Saturday morning at 10:55 a.m., according Florida Highway Patrol. Firefighters were dispatched at about 11 a.m. Kimberly Allen, 47, was traveling south, turning on to U.S. Highway 98 in her 2009 Ford Mustang when she collided with the bicyclist. Kudaiberdieza was traveling east in the westbound lane, against the flow of traffic and was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. Allen was charged with failure to yield at a right of way and the bicyclist was charged with traveling against traffic.

The incident marks the second accident in Miramar Beach involving a cyclist and vehicle in a little more than a week. 

On July 25, Onur Guler, 21, of Miramar Beach, was riding west along with paved shoulder of U.S. Highway 98 near the Ponce de Leon Street intersection when he was struck from behind by a vehicle in a hit and run accident, according to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol.

Man may have impersonated deputy in Destin

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two reports of motorists being pulled over by someone possibly impersonating a law officer.

A woman told deputies that she was stopped about 10:30 a.m. July 26 on State Road 85 near Northwest Florida Regional Airport by a white SUV flashing blue lights from its dashboard, a Sheriff’s Office news release said.

The victim said a white man with blond hair wearing a green uniform approached her car but never identified himself or his agency, the Sheriff’s Office reported. She did not recall an insignia on the uniform.

The woman said the man demanded her driver license and registration, went to the SUV and returned to warn her about her speed.

The driver told deputies she was going 60 mph in a 55 mph zone.

The second incident occurred Wednesday on westbound U.S. Highway 98 in Destin, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The vehicle involved this time was a white Ford with a light bar. The victim was a 16-year-old Santa Rosa Beach girl.

The Sheriff’s Office says she noticed the man wore no badge or insignia and she drove off. The man also drove away.

“Checks with various local agencies could not locate any evidence of calls for the traffic stops being logged by a local law enforcement officer,” the Sheriff’s Office says.

Drivers who feel uncomfortable if pulled over by an unmarked car are advised to “slow down and indicate to the officer, if possible, that you are aware of their presence, then proceed to the nearest well-lit, populated area to pull over.”

The Sheriff’s Office said drivers also can call dispatch at 651-7400 or the number of the jurisdiction they are in to ask for verification that the traffic stop.