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Man charged with DUI hit-and-run

Robert William Ardis, Jr. (Source: LMDC) Robert William Ardis, Jr. (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Louisville Metro Police have arrested a man whose vehicle hit several parked cars and left part of his own car behind.

The accident happened in the 3400 block of Vermont Avenue just after 1 a.m. March 28 when police received a call about a hit-and-run accident. A witness told police he heard the crash and saw a Chevy Tahoe driving off with sparks coming from under it because the SUV had lost its wheel and tire on the front passenger side.

An officer found the vehicle in the 3500 block of Vermont parked in the back yard of a house. Police said both back doors to the house were open and keys were found lying on the steps. Fearing someone was in danger, police went into the home to check for someone who might be injured.

After hearing the officers in the home, the homeowner came downstairs and told officers the person driving the Tahoe was upstairs. That's where police found Robert William Ardis, Jr., 44.

Ardis told officers he wasn't hurt, but said he thought he fell asleep at the wheel and hit something with his vehicle. Police said Ardis had a strong smell of alcohol on his breath and could not hold his balance.

When booked at Louisville Metro Corrections, Ardis had a BAH of .243. He is facing charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident.

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