Macon County Chronicle

Hit & Run Driver Leaves Trail of Destruction

A Macon County man faces numerous charges after an alleged drunk driving incident that resulted in private property damage, city damage, and a hit-and-run accident involving a vehicle.

On Wednesday night, September 8th, Lt. Kevin Woodard, of the Lafayette Police Department, responded to the scene of a hit-and-run around 9:30 p.m. on the public square here in town. Arriving at the location, 19-year-old Derrick B. Davis, of Lafayette, who was driving a blue 2007 Chrysler Sebring, recalled the tag number of the perpetrator, which came back to 24-year-old Cory L. Newberry, of 200 Kerry St.

According to the police report, Mr. Davis entered the yield on the square from College Street and came to a complete stop waiting to enter traffic. Mr. Newberry was coming around the square from the Scottsville Road in a 1999 Chevy pickup, when he failed to negotiate the curve and struck the Chrysler in the driver’s door with the front passengers side of his vehicle. He immediately left the scene and continued driving toward his home, striking several mailboxes, a fire hydrant and anything else that got in his way, with damages estimated at almost $4,000, as he attempted to flee the police. All occupants in the car were complaining of possible injuries and went to the Emergency Room at MCGH by private vehicle to be checked out. 

Newberry, who was still behind the wheel of his pickup truck, was apprehended at his home, placed under arrest and transported to the Macon County Jail for booking. He was charged with five counts of vandalism, five counts of reckless endangerment, driving under the influence, driver to exercise due care, leaving the scene of an accident, and failure to give immediate notice and vandalism. A General Sessions Court date is scheduled for Wednesday, November 17th, 2010.

The investigating officer was Lt. Kevin Woodard with assistance from Captain Ray Almalfitano, both of the Lafayette Police Department.