Shortly before 10 p.m., Wednesday, a resident reported to authorities that the driver of a green Chevy Blazer was drunk and driving erratically around the Forest Park Plaza parking lot.
A few minutes later, the driver of a green 1997 Chevy Blazer slammed into a 1986 Ford truck owned by Otis Pitman in an area near 336 East Oak Street with enough force that the Blazer turned over on its side.
With sirens in the background and many of the residents in the neighborhood coming out to see what happened, one of the two people inside the Blazer climbed out of the truck and ran away.
"The second guy got out and tried to tip the vehicle back over, but the neighbors stopped him," Matt Neice, who was visiting with friends in his backyard across the street from the accident scene, told The Brazil Times Thursday afternoon. "When the police showed up, he ran away."
Another witness reported to officers checking the neighborhood that one of the suspects stopped at their house and asked for a ride, but the suspect kept running after they refused.
Neice said two of his friends ran after the second man, but they weren't able to catch him.
"It sure made for an interesting evening," Neice said.
According to Police Chief Terry Harrison, evidence was found inside the vehicle that the suspects were drinking in the vehicle.
"It really isn't uncommon for people who drink and drive and get involved in an accident to leave the scene," Harrison said. ""They're afraid to get caught."
Ricky A Cooksey, 24, Parke County, the alleged passenger, returned to the scene of the accident a short time later. While running a routine background check, officers discovered Cooksey was wanted on an arrest warrant to revoke his probation. He was taken into custody and booked into the Clay County Justice Center on the charge.
Although further case details will not be made available to protect the integrity of the investigation, Harrison said the case would be turned over to the Clay County Prosecutor's Office for further review and potential charges.