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UPDATED: Driver crashes car in center of campus

Published: Thursday, October 11, 2012

Updated: Saturday, October 13, 2012 09:10

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Ashley Helliwell, Sports Editor

An unknown driver crashed through two barriers on Caraway Road next to the Student Union on Wednesday afternoon. The driver took off on foot after the vehicle wreck and remains in the hospital. The driver’s name has not yet been released.

Wednesday around 1 p.m. the University Police Department responded to an incident in which an unknown male had crashed a grey Chevrolet Cobalt into a concrete flower pot used as a barrier on Caraway Road between the campus Post Office and Eugene W. Smith building.

Katharine Lee, a senior nursing major of Jonesboro, was walking into the old nursing building when she heard him smash the car into the pot.

Lee went over to see if he was hurt, but he began stumbling away from the scene on foot.

She asked him to stop, but he began running.

After chasing him until they were almost behind the Reynolds building, Lee grabbed him and sat him down.

Lee said he had no visible injuries but she thought he had bitten his tongue.

“I later found out obviously he was drunk,” Lee said. “He didn’t want his girlfriend to know he had been drinking.”

She asked him how much he had been drinking.

According to Lee, he replied, “Enough to do a lot of things I wouldn’t have done. This just seems like a dream.”

“I’m thinking tomorrow he’s going to wake up and be surprised,” she said.

Jonesboro police took him into custody and he was treated for his injuries at a local hospital.


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