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Man arrested for DUII and filing false hit and run report

WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - John NelsonA Cornelius man was arrested Saturday afternoon after causing a crash and trying to blame someone else.

John Nelson, 46, is charged with DUII, reckless driving, hit and run, criminal mischief II and initiating a false report.

According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, deputies serving the City of Cornelius responded to the report of a hit and run on South Dogwood Street at 9:19 p.m. on Jan. 30. 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 Nelson reporting he was in a crash and the other vehicle left the scene.

Deputies responded to Nelson’s home, which is also on South Dogwood Street. The damage to his pickup was consistent with hitting the parked van just down the street.

The deputies determined Nelson was intoxicated and he was responsible for crashing into the parked van. They also determined he fled the scene of the crash and called in a false report.