A man was cited for driving under the influence Tuesday night after he hit one car, backed into another and then crashed into a fire hydrant and a tree, according to a Rock Hill Police Department report.
The man, driving a Chevrolet Tahoe on Columbia Avenue in Rock Hill, initially fled the scene, but returned before police arrived, the report says.
He told officers he hit the first car, a Crown Victoria, because “his carpet was pressing down on his gas pedal,” the report says.
The man told police after he hit the Crown Victoria, he backed into a gold Mercury parked in a driveway on Columbia Avenue, the report says.
A witness told police after the man hit the two cars, he drove east and hit a fire hydrant – which police say was “completely ripped off the ground,” the report says.
The witness said he then hit a tree in a neighbor’s lawn, rupturing his antifreeze tank, the report says.
Police said the driver had “bloodshot, glossy eyes and slurred speech at times,” the report says.
Police determined the driver was intoxicated through a standardized field sobriety test, the report says.
The driver was issued citations for driving under the influence, driving under suspension, failure to register vehicle, operating uninsured vehicle and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident.
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