ST. LUCIE COUNTY — A 24-year-old man was arrested on DUI and other charges after being found in a drainage ditch near a crashed Toyota that he is accused of stealing from his grandfather, according to records released Friday.
A St. Lucie County Sheriff's K-9 found Scott Charles Darling Jr., who has listed addresses in South Carolina and Port St. Lucie, after 3 a.m. Thursday in a ditch across the street from a Toyota Prius with front-end damage that was stopped against a utility pole at Airoso and Prima Vista boulevards.
The vehicle's windshield was cracked, with blood and brown hair in it. The driver's side air bag was deployed, and investigators found a South Carolina identification card for Darling on the driver's side floorboard.
Darling, who smelled of alcohol, denied being in an accident, but later said he was a passenger in the vehicle. Video from a nearby convenience store showed him leaving in the driver's seat of a white Toyota Prius with no passengers minutes before the accident. Darling said the driver ran away.
Darling's face had fresh wounds and burns consistent with an air bag burn and with hitting a windshield.
Darling was arrested and taken to the St. Lucie County Jail. Darling again said he wasn't driving, and declined to take a breath test. He then was taken to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute in Fort Pierce because of possible injuries from the crash.
At the hospital, Darling is accused of scratching a deputy.
Darling's grandfather told Port St. Lucie police that Darling took his 2008 Toyota Prius without permission while the grandfather was away from his home.
Darling was arrested on felony charges of grand theft and battery on officer, firefighter, EMT, etc., and four misdemeanor charges: DUI and damage property, DUI alcohol or drugs, hit and run, and resist officer/obstruct without violence.
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