LaGrange Police arrested a man shortly after he fled the scene of a horrible collision on New Franklin Road, but strangely enough, all three subjects involved in the crash ended up being charged in various ways.
On February 26, officers with the LaGrange Police Department responded to the intersection of New Franklin Road and North Street in reference to an auto collision with injuries.
Officers arrived and determined that the driver of a grey Nissan Altima entered New Franklin Road from North Street and struck the passenger side of a Ford Explorer causing the vehicle to roll over three times.
Multiple witnesses on scene stated that the Nissan Altima was occupied by a white male and a white female and the vehicle fled the scene after the accident. According to witnesses, the Altima also suffered extensive damage, to the point that the hood flew up in front of the windshield blocking the driver’s view on the roadway, but the vehicle continued fleeing from the accident scene without checking on the other driver.
While officers were still on scene, Troup 911 advised that the unknown driver had been seen parking the grey Nissan down the street at Farmer’s Furniture on New Franklin Road.
Police then responded to Five Oaks Trailer Park, where the two unknown occupants of the Nissan Altima were located.
Officers first spoke with the male, Daniel Chad Harris, who stated he did not know why he left the scene of an accident because he has a valid driver’s license and valid car insurance. Harris advised police that the female, Jamie Parks, was also with him when the accident occurred.
A witness advised that Harris had exited the driver’s side of the vehicle and the keys to the Nissan were later found in his pocket.
Police then spoke to Parks, who stated she did not know what officers were talking about and denied knowing anything about a collision. Parks then denied even knowing Harris, despite being confronted with being seen getting out of the vehicle.
Meanwhile, back at the accident scene, police determined that the driver of the other vehicle was determined to be driving without a license, but she was released with only a citation due to her injuries. As a result of the investigation, Harris and Parks were arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where they were booked into the jail on separate charges.
Harris, age 23, was charged with Leaving the Scene of an accident, Failure to Yield at a stop sign, and Reckless Driving.
Parks, age 27, was charged with Obstruction of Officers for denying being involved in the collision and saying she did not know the driver.
Harris and Parks were later released from the Troup County Jail on bond.