Fleeing Driver’s Car, Garage Catch Fire After Hit & Run Accident
Photos of the accident damage done in a yard on State Road 148 on Saturday, August 23. Photos provided.
(Manchester, Ind.) – Karma didn’t take long to have its way with an alleged drunk driver in a hit-skip accident this past Saturday morning.
Dearborn County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a report of a property damage accident on State Road 148 in Manchester around 7:30 a.m., according to a court affidavit. A golf cart, utility pole, and yard were damaged. A witness stated that the responsible vehicle had left the scene.
As officers were responding, they received a report of a house fire on the nearby 6300 block of Soap Hill Road. The homeowner, Kelly Connaughton, stated she had started the vehicle in the garage when it caught fire.
But officers noticed that Connaughton, 38, exhibited signs of being intoxicated. After the fire was extinguished, officers brought pieces of the fleeing vehicle left behind at the accident scene and determined that they matched Connaughton’s vehicle, which had heavy front end damage.
After initially denying involvement, Connaughton allegedly admitted to hitting the pole, but not a golf cart, on State Road 148, then continued home.
She told officers she had only drank three beers the prior evening. A breath test performed more than two hours after the accident determined Connaughton’s BAC was .205. She had also failed field sobriety tests, according to the affidavit written by investigators.
Connaughton was formally charged Monday with Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated. A Dearborn County magistrate recommended that the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles immediately suspend her drivers license.
While Manchester Fire Department could not be reached to comment on how much damage the car fire caused to the garage, it was not believed to be extensive.