REHOBOTH, Mass. (WPRI) — Police have charged a Rehoboth man with misleading a police investigation and more after they say he claimed someone else was driving the car after a crash.
Rehoboth Police said Tuesday they’d gotten a tip shortly before 1 a.m. that morning that a car had crashed into a tree on County Street near New Street and Reservoir Avenue. When police arrived, an eyewitness said the driver — a white male — had jumped out of the car after the crash and run west on County Street.
Officers found Christopher Carey, 25, shortly thereafter a half mile away on Reservoir Avenue, hiding in the woods. He had a bloody face, police said, and immediately reported he was not driving the car when it crashed: “a friend had been driving,” police said he told them.
Upon returning with Carey to the crash scene, an eyewitness immediately said Carey had told them, “I crashed my car.” The eyewitness added Carey was the only one in the car.
Rescue crews treated Carey on scene and then took him to Rhode Island Hospital for further treatment.
Carey will be summoned to court on multiple charges; besides misleading a police investigation, he’s accused of driving to endanger, leaving the scene of property damage, and a marked lanes violation.