PRICE — Police say a Hi Hat man who allegedly left the scene of an accident in a gas station parking lot successfully made his getaway home. His getaway was foiled, however, because his home was just a few doors down from where the accident happened.
On Friday, Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Caudill responded to the scene of a reported car accident in the parking lot of Tackett’s BP. When he arrived, Morris Tackett reported that Shawn Smith, 39, had been observed striking a vehicle parked on his lot, then fleeing the scene in his gold Chevrolet.
From the scene of the accident, Smith’s car could be seen parked at his residence.
Caudill later tracked Smith down at Hamilton’s Trailer Park. Upon questioning, Smith allegedly admitted to hitting the car, but said he planned to pay for the damage he caused. Caudill then transported Smith back to his residence.
Kentucky State Police Trooper J. Hall later arrived at the residence, and Caudill reported to him that Smith appeared to be intoxicated, after which Smith failed a field sobriety test. Smith was taken to McDowell ARH for a drug test.
The officers also discovered that Smith had no driver’s license and that his insurance card was expired.
Caudill was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, no driver’s license, failure to maintain insurance and driving on a suspended license. He was also charged with driving under the influence, which was later amended to a third offense.
Smith was taken to the Floyd County Detention Center, where he continues to be held under two bonds of $5,000 for accident charges and $10,000 for the DUI charge. He will next appear in court Sept. 2, for a preliminary hearing on the accident charges.