Police: Man struck car, tried to flee

A Seymour man faces at least four criminal charges in connection with an incident in which a parked car was hit Saturday night by a motorist who then fled the scene, police reported.

Salvador Bautista, 43, was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content of 0.15 or greater, operating a vehicle while never having received a driver’s license and leaving the scene of a property-damage wreck.

Those charges stem from an incident reported at 10:30 p.m. Saturday in the area of Oak and O’Brien streets on the city’s southeast side, according to a news release from Seymour Cpl. Devin Cornwell.

A witness to the accident told police a motorist in a sport utility vehicle had struck a parked car and then attempted to flee the scene.

The witness was able to follow the suspect’s vehicle until Cornwell and Officer Devlin McMindes arrived in the area.

Cornwell said the vehicle was stopped for multiple infractions.

He then made contact with the driver, later identified as Bautista.

Cornwell said while speaking with Bautista, he believed him to be heavily intoxicated and conducted a sobriety test as well as an investigation into his reported involvement in the accident.

Bautista’s blood-alcohol content was found to be three times higher than the legal limit of 0.08, Cornwell said. He was booked into the jail at 12:11 a.m. Sunday morning and posted a $355 bond at 11:36 a.m. Sunday.

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Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at awoods@tribtown.com or 812-523-7051.