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Man Charged with Leaving Scene of Accident

Tommy Murphy
Staff Writer

LaGrange Police have charged a man accused of backing into another vehicle and then fleeing the scene when the other driver refused his offer to pay the damage without calling police.

About  10:51 p.m. on Friday night, officers with the LaGrange Police Department responded to a motor vehicle collision that had occurred at Zaxby’s on Lafayette Parkway.

Police arrived and made contact with the complainant, who stated he was in the drive-thru line at Zaxby’s when a white Chevrolet Equinox backed into his Chevrolet Camaro.

The victim stated that after the collision, he got out and spoke with the driver of the Equinox, later identified as Branco Freeman, who immediately began to offer him money for the damage. When the victim was unwilling to accept the offer, Freeman fled the location in the Equinox.

The victim was able to take a picture of the tag on the Equinox with his phone, which helped identify the driver as Freeman.

Police say the Camaro had damage to the driver side headlight, bumper, and trim.

Officers later made contact with Freeman, who admitted to being in the collision, observing damage to the other vehicle involved, and never contacting police in reference to the collision.

Freeman claimed that he attempted to back up in the drive-thru line at Zaxby’s but had stopped short of the other vehicle, which pulled forward and caused the collision.

Freeman also admitted that he had offered to pay for the damages, but the other driver refused.

Police were unable to determine who was at fault for the collision, but confirmed that Freeman had failed to notify 911 of the collision and had left the scene.

The Equinox was determined to have minimal damage.

As a result of the investigation, Freeman, age 31, was cited with duty to report an accident and released.

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