When Florida Highway Patrol officers pulled over an erratically swerving gray Camaro yesterday outside of St. Augustine, they figured they had a standard DUI on their hands. The driver, 63-year-old Leslie Richard Newton, had in fact been boozing and driving, the FHP says -- but that's not the main reason he was having trouble staying in his lane.
It's not entirely clear when the signage ended up in Newton's head, but Jacksonville's Fox30 reports he rammed into a sign earlier in the evening on eastbound SR 16 outside of St. Augustine.
Photos of his Camaro show a front headlight bashed in and some window damage; apparently Newton hit the sign hard enough for a chunk of it to fly into his cranium.
Despite the grievous injuries, Newton kept driving, turning north onto US-1. That's where the FHP eventually pulled him over; when they noticed the gruesome head wound, Newton was taken to a hospital in Jacksonville, where his injuries were deemed "life threatening," Fox30 reports.
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Riptide has called the FHP in St. John's County to try to get more details on Newton's case; we'll update this post when we learn more.
But the FHP did make one thing clear to Fox30: They do "believe alcohol was a factor."
Update: Read the full report: