Man charged with fleeing from crash

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A Murfreesboro man is facing multiple charges after allegedly fleeing the scene of an injury crash Friday night, only to be caught by police a short time later when his car broke down in the 800 block of Bradyville Pike.

Dean M. Kapper, 52, is accused of leaving the area after crashing into a gas station sign in the 500 block of West College Street just before midnight, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department arrest report.

He is facing charges of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of a property damage crash in connection with the incident.

When police made contact with Kapper a few minutes later, Officer Quinn Rodriguez reported that they discovered a passenger, 58-year-old James L. Barnes, was suffering from injuries sustained in the crash.

Emergency medical personnel were then called to the scene and transported Barnes to Middle Tennessee Medical Center for treatment. He has since been released from the hospital, according to the report.

When asked about the situation, Rodriguez reported Kapper “admitted to drinking earlier in the evening” and being involved in the crash.

“Kapper stated to me that he was the driver of the vehicle,” Rodriguez reported, “and that he had hit a pole an unknown distance (away) before his car became inoperable on Bradyville Pike.”

Given the situation, Kapper was asked to complete field sobriety tests but was unable to do so, at which point he was taken into custody and transported to the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center.

Kapper has since been released from the Rutherford County jail on a $6,000 bond.
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