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Deputies arrest man who allegedly drove roommate’s Mustang off road, into woods

The driver and a passenger survived when car left road and flipped on its roof
The driver and a passenger survived when car left road and flipped on its roof AP illustration

A man who allegedly borrowed his roommate’s 2008 Ford Mustang GT and drove it off a road and into a wooded area near Belle Valley School on Wednesday night was arrested after he ran away from the overturned car.

Nelson Stout, the car’s owner, said his roommate must not have known that eastbound Green Mount Lane makes a 90-degree right turn just west of Belle Valley School because the car continued past the turn, went through a small grassy area, flew over a deep ditch and continued about 100 feet through dense undergrowth before coming to rest on its roof around 8:20 p.m.

Emergency radio transmissions indicated the driver ran off from the scene after the crash. Stout confirmed his roommate left the scene but said St. Clair County sheriff’s deputies located and arrested him at his apartment. A passenger who Stout said he didn’t know also was in the car when it crashed, but he remained on the scene and refused medical attention.

“They’re lucky to be alive,” an East Side Fire Department firefighter said at the scene.

The roommate who was arrested was not identified.

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