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Angry towing attempt goes wrong in Cornelius

FlemingParking rage led to the arrest of a 51-year-old Cornelius resident last Friday, March 18.

According to Washington County Sheriff’s Office reports, Warren Fleming was upset about a Toyota pickup being parked in front of his house and decided to tow it away by hooking it up to his Dodge Dakota with a large chain.

But the truck came loose while being towed. It crashed into a neighbor’s front lawn on South Palmetto Way and might have crashed into the house as well if a palm tree hadn’t stopped it, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Cornelius Police Department was notified around 8:10 p.m. and when deputies responded, neighbors who witnessed the incident told them Fleming had quickly driven his Dodge back into his driveway and run inside his house.

When deputies approached Fleming he fought with them before being taken into custody, reports say.

Fleming was arrested for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, criminal mischief and resisting arrest and was taken to the Washington County Jail.

In another Cornelius crash Sunday, March 20, on South 10th Avenue near South Magnolia Street, a drowsy driver crashed into a parked SUV, pushing it up on a front lawn.

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