Driver wrecks car, tries to report it stolen

by Wes Mayer

A man was arrested Thursday night after wrecking his car, f leeing the scene and attempting to report the car as stolen.

Officer Edward Lee with the Newnan Police Department responded to a car accident at the Applebee's on Bullsboro Drive around 10:30 p.m., and found a red 2008 Chevrolet Corvette wrecked in the restaurant's back parking lot.

Witnesses told Lee a man left La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant spinning his tires and lost control of his vehicle speeding on Diplomat Parkway. The Corvette ran over the curb into the Applebee's parking lot and into an employee's vehicle, pushing it into another employee's vehicle. Witnesses told officers when the driver was helped out of his Corvette, he immediately took off on foot and ran back inside La Hacienda.

While Lee spoke to witnesses, Officer Scott Kilgore responded to a 911 call from La Hacienda in reference to a stolen car. Inside the restaurant, Kilgore found that Fred Steve Young, 62, had made the call, and Kilgore asked him to step outside. Witnesses identified Young as the driver of the Corvette, and Young was placed in handcuffs.

Lee then spoke to a waitress at La Hacienda and learned that Young appeared intoxicated when he first entered the restaurant, and he ordered another two margarita drinks before leaving. The waitress said after Young left, she heard commotion outside and then Young ran back inside and asked if he could call 911 to report a stolen car.

According to Kilgore, Young had a strong alcoholic odor and refused to take any sobriety tests.

Young was charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving, striking an unattended vehicle, duty upon striking a fixture and leaving the scene of an accident, according to Coweta County Jail records.



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