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Police find locked car, no driver at accident scene

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Johnathan Lyninger (Source: LMDC) Johnathan Lyninger (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A man is facing charges after he crashed his SUV into a utility pole and said no one responded to his call for help.

Louisville Metro Police were called to the 9300 block of Reamers Road around 2:35 am. April 20. They found a Ford Escape that had hit an LG&E pole and severed it from its base. Police said the airbag had deployed, but the vehicle was locked, the keys were inside and no one was around.

Trying to find the driver, police went to the home of the registered owner, Johnathan Lyninger, 21, of Pewee Valley. After Lyninger's mother brought him back to the accident scene, he told police another vehicle had sideswiped him and pushed his vehicle into the pole.

Lyninger said he called 911 and waited 45 minutes for police to show up, but when no one did he walked home. When officers checked with 911 dispatch centers in Louisville Metro and Oldham County they could find no record that Lyninger had called.

His arrest report says Lyninger told officers he had "a sip of vodka three hours earlier." The report also states Lyninger had slurred speech, glassy eyes, the smell of alcohol on his breath and was "extremely nervous of fidgety."

Lyninger was booked into Louisville Metro Corrections for leaving the scene of an accident and operating a motor vehicle under the influence.

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