A Flintstone National Guardsman was arrested in Fort Oglethorpe after allegedly crashing into two and fleeing the scene, police say.
According to the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department:
Evan Pierce Lauer, 24, of Fox Run Circle in Flintstone, was arrested Dec. 29 on charges of DUI, failure to notify owner of striking a vehicle, and failure to stop at the scene of an accident. He has been released from jail on bond.
The incident occurred around 9:15 p.m. on Dec. 29, when, witnesses say, Lauer struck a Dodge Van and a Chevrolet Impala with his 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse, reports show.
Officers arrived at 123 Colony Circle to find Lauer bleeding from his head and claiming he'd parked his vehicle in the street, but hadn't been involved in any accident.
Officers say Lauer smelled heavily of alcohol.
"His speech was also slurred and he was very unsteady on his feet," Officer James Davis said.
Lauer claimed to have consumed three beers earlier in the night, but was more than a little fuzzy when it came to when and where he was.
"Mr. Lauer stated he thought it was 3 a.m.," Davis said. "He stated he started drinking around 10:30 p.m. and stopped around 2 a.m., but was not even 10 p.m. yet."
When officers noticed visible damage to the front of Lauer's car, he claimed it'd been there for awhile and wasn't the result of an accident earlier in the night, reports show.
A witness told officers he saw Lauer back out of a driveway into the Dodge Van that was parked on the side of the road and then drive away. A few seconds later, the witness said he hear the impact of Lauer's Eclipse striking the Chevrolet Impala, which had also been parked on the side of the road.
Lauer failed all field sobriety tests, refused medical treatment from Angel EMS for the cut on his head, and was arrested without further incident.
Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.