Deputies: Woman charged with DUI after driving her car into the water at New Smyrna Beach

VOLUSIA COUNTY , Fla. — According to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, an Orlando woman has been arrested after she drove her car into the water in New Smyrna Beach.


Sarah Ramsammy, 26, is charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving, and failure to obey a traffic control device. Witnesses said the driver was going 50 miles per hour before she drove right into the water past beachgoers.

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Ramsammy almost hit a child, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said.

This incident occurred just hours after the sheriff’s office had stopped multiple reckless drivers.

At one traffic stop, law enforcement recovered a handgun, extended magazine, and ski mask from a driver.

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Crowded beaches are a common sight for a holiday weekend. But this Memorial Day, which is the start of the summer season, is a little different for county law enforcement.

Beginning this weekend, the sheriff’s office received full law enforcement authority over the beaches.

Special event zones have been set up where penalties for breaking the law will be harsher.

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Sheriff Mike Chitwood said his deputies would continue to work the beaches like they patrol other areas of the county to prevent crime.

”There are going to be plainclothes deputies floating around that you’ll never know,” Chitwood said.

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Michelle Shore, WFTV.com

Michelle Shore joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2023 as a Content Creator.

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