A Winder man was found crying at the East Midland Shell station after crashing into another vehicle and then leaving the scene.
Police arrested David A. Neal, 40, of 120 Second Street in Winder, on multiple charges stemming from the Dec. 30 accident.
According to the police report, a man was driving on East Midland Avenue when he was struck from behind by Neal’s vehicle. After the victim pulled over, Neal drove away. A Winder police sergeant located Neal’s vehicle in a ditch on East Midland Avenue a short time later. While investigating the vehicle, another officer noticed Neal at the Shell station squatting down and leaning against the building with his back turned to the officers.
When the officer approached, he could hear Neal crying and talking to someone on the phone.
Neal admitted crashing into the other vehicle, but claimed that the other man pulled out in front of him. The officer noticed a strong odor of alcoholic beverage and asked if Neal had been drinking. Neal admitted having a “couple of beers.”
Neal agreed to undergo field sobriety evaluations. Before the officer could finish the battery of tests, Neal began crying again and said he did not want to do any more tests.
Neal was placed under arrest. During a search incident to arrest, the officer discovered a baggie containing marijuana in Neal’s jacket.
Neal was transported to the Barrow County Detention Center and charged with DUI, hit and run, driving with an expired tag and possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.
Other arrests made by Winder Police this past week include:
• Adrian Demario Burnett, 36, 210 Dreamland Circle, Winder, driving while license suspended.
• Albert Troue Monjolo, 55, 307 Rocky Point Court, Winder, family violence battery.
• Benjamin Joseph Manion, 24, 200 Pine Needle Road, Athens, failure to appear.
• Chelsey Elizabeth Elkins, 25, 415 Tori Drive, Winder, failure to appear.