MIRAMAR BEACH — A man was arrested after fleeing the scene of an accident and fleeing from law enforcement officers because he didn’t want to be late to work again.
According to a Walton County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, the 30-year-old Panama City Beach man was involved in a traffic crash causing property damage on Feb. 15. He fled the scene of the crash without stopping to provide information to the other driver involved.
A deputy witnessed the man driving west on U.S. Highway 98 near Silver Sands Outlet, and accelerated to pull him over. However, the man then led him on a chase down U.S. 98 and through a residential neighborhood, running a stop sign and traveling at a high rate of speed. The deputy briefly lost sight of the vehicle prior to finding it parked at a home on Dominica Court and found the defendant walking behind a neighboring house.
The deputy caught up to the man, who told him, “I was in an accident, but I was in a rush to get to work so I didn’t stop. I was going to report the crash once I got to work, because if I was late to work again, I’d get fired.”
The man also admitted he knew his license was possibly suspended due to not paying a traffic citation.
He was arrested and charged with driving with a suspended license and leaving the scene of a crash involving damage to property.