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Man charged in alleged OWI hit-skip accidents

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Thursday, April 20, 2017 07:42 pm

A Fort Wayne man faces seven charges related to a few alleged hit-skip accidents last June.

Phillip G. Coffey, 67, of the 700 block of Nuttman Avenue, was charged Thursday in Allen Superior Court with leaving the scene of an accident after committing an OWI and leaving the scene of an OWI accident resulting in serious bodily injury, Level 3 felonies; causing serious injury while operating a motor vehicle intoxicated, causing serious injury while operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content equal to or greater than .08 percent and failure to stop after causing serious bodily injury, Level 6 felonies; and misdemeanor counts of leaving the scene of an accident where the driver fails to immediately stop at the scene, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

At about 10:53 p.m. June 4, Coffey allegedly became involved in a hit-skip crash in front of Calhoun Street Soups Salads and Spirits, 1915 S. Calhoun St., after a pedestrian was struck as he was crossing the street, sending him into the air. Coffey allegedly sped up and side-swiped a parked vehicle while exiting that scene. The pedestrian suffered injuries to hisknee, shoulder and neck. The parked vehicle was side-swiped and lost its driver-side mirror, the affidavit said.

At about the same time in the 2200 block of South Harrison Street, a woman reported her boyfriend's car was hit as the driver sped down Harrison Street and turned right onto Creighton Avenue. She told police the driver's front end was gone and was "grinding badly." She also said one of the vehicle's front rims was down, the affidavit said.

At about 10:55 p.m. a Fort Wayne Police Department patrol officer tried to stop a dark blue 2000 Subaru station wagon driving on a front passenger-side rim with damage to the fender and a tire that was smoking. Coffey allegedly was slow to stop, smelled of alcohol and had urinated himself. The officer also found two bottles of wine inside the vehicle — one which was unopened and another was half empty, the affidavit said.

At approximately 12:16 a.m. June 5, Coffey's blood alcohol content registered at .189 percent. At approximately 12:20 a.m. June 5, Coffey's blood alcohol content registered at .194 percent. A standardized field sobriety test was not performed for medical reasons, the affidavit said.

A warrant was issued for Coffey's arrest.


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