Police seeking man after car crash in park

Published 9:48 am Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Police are looking for a local man who apparently crashed a car into a tree near Dreisner Park and then fled.

The man has been identified as 22-year-old Arturo Morales.

According to a police report, the incident occurred around 3 a.m. on Monday morning. Police found a Pontiac Grand Prix that had gone off the road near Eighth Street Southeast and Oakland, striking a park sign and smashing into the tree in the process.

However, no one was found in or around the car, and a search of the area was unsuccessful. While waiting for the car to be towed, police spoke with a 52-year-old man who claimed that his son, Morales, was likely responsible.

The man said he likely fell asleep at home, which is when his son took the Grand Prix, the report states. Records indicate that the vehicle does in fact belong to the 52-year-old man.

While the condition of the vehicle’s driver is unknown, no other injuries were reported in the case.