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Published: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 10:25 a.m. CDT

Gunnar Michael Blum, 19, 305 New York Ave., was cited for leaving the scene of an accident 11:32 p.m. Friday after an accident near the intersection of North Walnut and East Summit streets. He was also charged with operating while intoxicated 1 a.m. Sunday at his residence.

Alexander Robert Lawson, 20, 1501 Townline Rd., Apt. 181, a passenger in Blum’s vehicle, was charged with public intoxication 11:43 p.m. Saturday at the Union County Law Enforcement Center.

According to a Creston Police report, Blum, driving a 2001 Ford south on North Walnut, lost control and struck a 1997 Ford, owned by William Andrew Neve, 408 N. Walnut St., parked in front of his residence. After the collision, Blum drove away from the scene.

While investigating the incident, a call came in to dispatch reporting a vehicle parked in the roadway in the 400 block of Walnut Street. Officers investigated the scene and discovered the vehicle had been struck by another vehicle that had left the scene. Officers noticed blue paint on the vehicle matched the color of Blum’s truck, and white paint was discovered on the front bumper of Blum’s truck that matched the vehicle that had been struck. Eye witness accounts also state a blue Ford F-150 matching Blum’s truck description left the scene after striking the parked vehicle.

Soon after, officers received a complaint of a truck driving on the railroad tracks near New York Avenue. While on the way to the location, officers saw the vehicle pass, and proceeded after the vehicle. Blum and Lawson exited the vehicle and attempted to run away.

Lawson was taken into custody. He refused to submit to a breath test, but admitted he was intoxicated, and he had drunk six or seven beers.

Blum exited his residence 12:30 a.m. and admitted to driving while intoxicated, and consented to a field sobriety test and preliminary breath test. Blum showed significant signs of impairment during the sobriety test, and had a preliminary breath test result of .190. He consented to a Data Master test, with a result of a blood alcohol content of .184. He stated several times he was drunk while operating the vehicle and admitted to running from officers.

Damage estimates are $200 to Blum’s vehicle and $2,500 to Neve’s vehicle.

Blum was released on $1,000 bond, and Lawson was released on $300 bond.

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Brandon Joseph Lee Tull, 16, 501 N. Birch St., was cited for operating while intoxicated and turning from the improper lane after an accident 4:14 p.m. Monday at the intersection of New York Avenue and Park Street.

According to a Creston Police report, Tull, driving a 1998 Nissan, and Mendy Kay McCreight, 31, of Corning, driving a 2004 Chrysler, were westbound on New York Avenue, approaching the intersection at Park Street, when Tull missed the right turn and attempted to merge into the left lane. Tull crossed halfway into the left lane and turned, failing to yield to McCreight. McCreight attempted to swerve to avoid the accident, but the front driver’s side of McCreight’s vehicle struck the left rear of Tull’s vehicle.

Tull had five passengers in the vehicle, and three attempted to flee the scene. James Riddle, 16, 614 W. Jefferson St., was picked up by an officer, returned to the scene and transported to Greater Regional Medical Center for treatment for minor injuries. An uninjured passenger returned to the scene and Trever Wayne Davis, 16, 915 N. Spruce St., sought medical treatment for minor injuries after leaving the vehicle.

McCreight and a passenger in her vehicle were transported by private vehicle to Greater Regional Medical Center for minor injuries.

All occupants seeking treatment for minor injuries were treated and released.

Damage estimates are $800 to Tull’s vehicle, and $4,600 to McCreight’s vehicle.

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