Barnard W. Cato told police that he bolted for the nearest toilet after he unknowingly crashed his car into another vehicle and a newspaper stand early Tuesday morning.
“I had the runs, I had to go,” Cato said, according to an arrest report obtained by the Gainesville Sun.
Police found Cato a few minutes later in a nearby Walmart. The 29-year-old suspect had a “strong odor of alcohol emanating from his breath and clothing” and his eyes were “bloodshot and watery,” according to the report.
He also declined to give a breathalyzer test.
Cato is charged with driving under the influence, hit and run and leaving the scene of an accident involving injury.
Even if you do have personal business to attend to, it’s never a good idea to flee the scene of an accident.
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