MORGANTON, NC (The News Herald) – A Morganton man was arrested after police say he had one too many, hit a vehicle and left the scene.
Juan Mendoza, 27, of 310 Rockyford Road in Morganton, was arrested on Monday morning for driving while impaired, driving with no operator’s license, failing to reduce speed and hit and run regarding property damage, according to an arrest report from Morganton Department of Public Safety.
Public Safety Officer H. Kania with MDPS responded to Center Street in Morganton to a call from someone reporting their vehicle had been hit and the suspect left the scene. Two witnesses told police they heard the crash and saw a “light-colored vehicle” leave the scene and travel toward Vinearden Road, the report said.
Another officer found a car that matched the description and had damage to the front-end, the report said.
“When officers approached the vehicle, we were able to immediately detect a very strong odor of alcoholic beverages coming from the vehicle,” Kania said in the report. There were several cans of open alcoholic drinks in Mendoza’s vehicle, according to the report.
Kania said they found Mendoza inside the house where the vehicle was …
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