LABELLE, FL. -- An 81-year old man from Moore Haven, Florida has been charged with driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident on State Road 29 at Jaycee Blvd. in LaBelle.
Florida Highway Patrol Trooper T. Parks said a 2007 Dodge pickup driven by Richard Eugene Hammond was eastbound Friday afternoon about 5:14 p.m. on Jaycee Lions Boulevard as a 2004 Dodge pickup driven by Sergio Morales, 18 of LaBelle was southbound on State Road 29 (Main Street).
Hammod came to a stop sign at eastbound Jaycee Lions and State Road 29 but failed to yield to oncoming southbound traffic on State Road 29. He then proceeded to make a left turn (north). As a result, the left front of Morales' vehicle struck the left side of Hammond's in the southbound lane of State Road 29.
Hammond continued traveling north of State Road 29. Hendry County Deputies identified and stopped him on State Road 80 and Cedarwood Parkway, about five miles away. He was later returned to the scene of the crash and then taken to the Hendry County jail.
Neither driver was injured but there was property damage. Hammond bailed out of Hendry County jail Saturday morning on $1,500 bond.