Man charged with auto theft after crashing neighbor’s car
SILVER SPRINGS - A man who drove away in and crashed his neighbor’s car Thursday was arrested and charged with auto theft.
Shortly after 9:30 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office got a call about a car stolen in the 4000 block of Northeast 173rd Court. A witness told a deputy that James Whitehurst got into a neighbor’s 1995 Ford Thunderbird, backed out of the driveway and drove it into a telephone pole, then continued driving down the road before turning around and heading back toward the home.
The witness said she and the car’s owner told Whitehurst to stop, but he revved up the engine and drove toward the end of the street and headed for County Road 314A.
The Sheriff’s Office was notified.
Minutes later, Whitehurst returned, parked the vehicle and calmly walked to his residence.
After interviewing other witnesses, Deputy Paxton Sapp went to Whitehurst’s home. His report noted that he smelled a strong odor of alcohol on Whitehurst’s breath.
Whitehurst denied taking the neighbor’s vehicle because, he said, he doesn’t have a driver’s license.