Webster PD make arrest, incident started in Douglas

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WEBSTER — A local man was arrested after allegedly fleeing the scene of an accident in a neighboring town before leading police on a highway pursuit while drunk on Tuesday evening.

According to a statement issued by the Webster Police Department on Wednesday afternoon, Christopher Thomas was involved in a hit and run accident in Douglas and sped down Interstate 395 as fast as 100 miles per hour in an effort to evade law enforcement. Police said Thomas, 29, was drunk and admitted to having smoked marijuana earlier in the day.

The Douglas Police Department reportedly alerted their counterparts in Webster at about 4:43 p.m. they were searching for a grey sedan with Florida license plates. Police in Douglas reported the vehicle had left the scene of a motor vehicle accident and was last seen traveling towards Webster on Route 16.

Webster Police Officer Michael Reardon was on Route 16 when, according to the Webster Police Department statement, he observed a small gray Toyota with Florida license plates “and a lot of front end damage.” Officer Reardon turned on his overhead lights and siren while pulling out behind the vehicle, which “refused to stop” before heading south on I-395.

Officer Reardon was joined in pursuit of the vehicle by Officer Phil Hurton and Sergeant Patrick Perry on the highway. Law enforcement reported the vehicle passed vehicles in the breakdown lane and reached “estimated speeds between 90 and 100 miles per hour” before eventually coming to a stop. The driver, Thomas, was taken into custody without incident, police said, while the vehicle’s passenger was “briefly detained and later released.”

Police said Thomas exhibited signs of intoxication and a breath test was administered at the police station, with Thomas registering a .08 and admitting “to smoking marijuana earlier in the day.”

Webster Police charged Thomas with negligent operation of a motor vehicle, operating under the influence of an intoxicating liquor, failing to stop for police, speeding, and a marked lanes violation. Officials anticipate additional charges will be filed by the Douglas Police Department for leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

Thomas was held at the Webster Police Department on $540 bail.

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