A 28-year-old Murfreesboro man who allegedly tried to flee from a traffic accident Friday is facing his second driving under the influence charge less than two years after being convicted of his first offense.
Jason A. Vargo has been charged with a DUI second offense and leaving the scene of a crash in connection with the incident, which occurred just after 11 p.m. on East Northfield Boulevard, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department arrest report.
“I was dispatched to (the intersection of) East Northfield Boulevard and Highland Avenue in reference to a property damage crash,” Officer Kenneth White reported. “Prior to my arrival, a (female) complainant stated that she witnessed the male subject from the crash get inside another vehicle, which was cream in color, and leave the scene.”
The woman told police she followed the vehicle and watched Vargo go back to the scene and attempt to drive away.
“Upon my arrival, the vehicle was running and he was standing outside with Officer Klint Hill,” White reported, “It was revealed that (Vargo) had hit a fire hydrant.”
While speaking with him about the accident, White reported that Vargo appeared to be intoxicated, noting he had slurred speech and glassy, bloodshot eyes. Vargo was then asked to perform field sobriety tasks, which he could not complete.
“He could not even stand with his feet together,” White reported. “Due to his driving performance and physical appearance, along with his physical condition, I felt that he was too impaired to be operating a motor vehicle safely and placed him under arrest.”
Vargo was then transported to the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center, where he was charged accordingly and held on a $3,250 bond.
According to the report, Vargo was convicted of a DUI first offense June 17, 2011, in Rutherford County – meaning he could face stiffer penalties given the timing.
He is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, in Rutherford County General Sessions Court.