A 24-year-old man who police say was driving drunk is facing multiple charges for allegedly fleeing the scene after he rammed his car into a fire hydrant Sunday night near Greenland Drive in Murfreesboro.
Shawn C. Sales, of Smyrna, is accused of crashing his vehicle, which hit a fire hydrant before careening into a tree, just after 7 p.m. in the 1600 block of Hanover Street.
He has since been charged with on count of driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, and criminal impersonation in connection with the crash, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department arrest report.
When officers arrived at the scene in reference to an injury crash, witness said the driver, later identified as Sales, refused help and had just fled on foot.
“The witnesses stated that they attempted to check on the driver and advised that he attempted to flee the scene,” Officer Nathan Frost reported, adding they said Sales then exited the vehicle and ran away.
During a search of the vehicle, Frost found a cell phone and eventually made contact with Sales, who initially said someone else had been driving when the crash occurred. He then agreed to return to the scene to confirm ownership of the car.
“Sales returned to the scene, wearing a striped orange and white shirt,” Frost reported, “and he fit the description of the suspect. … Upon contact with Sales, I smelled the odor of an intoxicant, and (he) had bloodshot eyes.”
After Sales was unable to complete field sobriety tests, he was taken into custody and transported to the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center.
At the time of the incident, Sales was wanted on one count of violating stipulations of a community corrections release.
Due to the outstanding warrant, as well as the other charges, Sales was held on a $55,500 bond. He is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing in the case Thursday, Dec. 6, in Rutherford County General Sessions Court.