A 45-year-old Arnold man was arrested for alleged possession of cocaine after he reportedly crashed into a car parked outside an Arnold home and then fled the scene. Officers tracked him down a short time later at a gas station, Arnold Police reported.
At about 8 p.m. Feb. 18, the man reportedly was driving a 2019 Chevrolet pickup that ran off the road and hit the back end of a 2005 Dodge Neon parked in a driveway at a home in the 1900 block of Melody Lane. The pickup pushed the Dodge into a 2006 Ford Mustang. After the crash, the man allegedly drove away from the accident, the report said.
The Neon sustained rear-end damage, and the Ford was damaged on its back quarter panel. Arnold Police did not have an estimate for the damage.
The owner of the cars that were hit provided a description of the pickup, and shortly after the accident, officers spotted it parked at an odd angle at a gas pump at Phillips 66 gas station, 5 Municipal Drive. The suspect was in the driver’s seat when officers approached the pickup, according to the report.
The driver appeared intoxicated, and he allegedly failed a field sobriety test. Officers also allegedly found a substance believed to be cocaine in the pickup and in the driver’s pocket after he was arrested, the report said.
He was taken to the Police Station, where he allegedly registered a .194 percent blood-alcohol content, the report said. In Missouri, .08 percent is the legal limit.
The man was released to a sober driver. Depending on the drug analysis, Arnold Police will seek charges against the man through the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for possession of a controlled substance, driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident, Capt. Rich Shular said.