Hit And Run Accident Injures Two, Man Arrested

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A Fayetteville man faces a charge of leaving the scene of an injury accident and suspicion of driving while intoxicated after being arrested Saturday morning.

Charles Jones, 26, was booked into the Washington County Detention Center and has a bond of $3,500, according to the Sheriff’s Department website. Jones also faces a charge of false imprisonment and some traffic charges.

A preliminary police report said an officer spotted a black BMW driving down University Avenue with its lights off so he initiated a traffic stop at approximately 2:17 a.m. When the officer approached the vehicle, he noticed the front windshield was badly damaged and there was blood on the passenger seat and the driver, who was identified as Jones, the report said.

Jones told the officer he didn’t know what caused the damage and blood and that he had found the car like that when he picked it up from Powerhouse Grill after he had had a few beers at George’s Majestic Lounge, the report said. The officer said he checked with dispatch and discovered a man and woman had been injured in a hit-and-run accident at approximately 2:07 a.m. on University, the report said.

The officer said he noticed Jones’ eyes were watery and bloodshot and he had slightly slurred speech, the report said. The officer said Jones failed a field sobriety test, the report said.

The report said Jones, when asked by the officer if he had been in an accident, told police a woman had been in his car asking him to call 911 but he let her out of the car. The officer said he collected the female victim’s driver license from Jones’ car as well as hair from the windshield, the report said.

The two victims were transported to Washington Regional and the report said the man had cuts while the woman had internal injuries in addition to cuts. The report said Jones tested at a .20 blood-alcohol level on a breathalyzer at the Sheriff’s Office.