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Man arrested on suspicion of involvement in 'string of crimes'
Jul 12, 2013 - From staff reports
Billy Napier, 20, of Riverton, was arrested for driving under the influence at about 4 a.m. Thursday, reportedly after being involved in two traffic accidents north of town.
The first incident was recorded at about 2:20 a.m. Thursday, when officials were notified of a one-vehicle rollover at the intersection of Delfelder and Haymaker roads. According to reports, a 2001 PT Cruiser had lost control on Delfelder Road and struck a bridge girder, causing the vehicle to flip over end and land on its roof. Officials said the Cruiser was a total loss.
The two men in the vehicle fled the area and ran to several residences, asking homeowners for a ride to town. When residents indicated they wanted to call law enforcement, the men fled again.
While investigating the Delfelder collision, deputies made contact with the owner of the PT Cruiser, who realized that her vehicle had been stolen from her residence in the 700 block of Paradise Valley Road.
Officials responded to her home at about 3:12 a.m. Thursday and located a wrecked 1994 Toyota Corolla blocking the northbound lane of the roadway near her residence. The vehicle reportedly had become disabled when it ran off of the road and collided with a fence. Initial reports state the Corolla was covered in mud and had a flat tire.
Officials said they found Napier on Delfelder Road at about 4 a.m. He told deputies that he was in the PT Cruiser and the Corolla when the vehicles crashed. He was arrested for DUI in connection with the collision on Haymaker Road, officials said.
At about 7:30 a.m. Thursday, a resident on Young Road reported that man was "passed out" on her porch with no shoes on. She said his feet were bloody and he was "covered up in (a) rug."
He woke up while the woman was calling law enforcement, and he had fled the area by the time deputies arrived on scene.
The "entire incident" is under investigation according to officials, who said they are "quite certain" they have identified the second suspect in this "string of crimes."
"At this time it appears the suspects wrecked the Corolla (and) stole the PT Cruiser, which they then crashed north of Riverton," Undersheriff Ryan Lee wrote in a press release Friday.
Lee said charges are pending against the second subject, with further charges expected against Napier as well.