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Cornelius man crashes truck into parked van

COURTESY PHOTO: WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Damage to the truck driven by Cornelius resident John Nelson is consistent with him hitting a parked van, deputies say.A Cornelius man was arrested on several charges, including DUII Saturday night after he crashed his pickup truck into a parked van then left the scene.

Sheriff’s deputies serving Cornelius responded to a hit and run crash on South Dogwood Street in Cornelius. A witness described hearing the crash and seeing a red pickup truck with a canopy driving away.

A few minutes later, dispatch received a call from John Nelson, 46 of Cornelius reporting he was in a crash and the other vehicle left the scene. Deputies responded to Nelson’s home, also on South Dogwood Street, and determined the damage to his pickup was consistent with hitting the parked van just down the street.

Nelson was arrested and charged with DUII, reckless driving, hit and run, criminal mischief and initiating a false report.