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Car Crashes Into House On Wednesday Morning

A 20-year-old South Boston man was charged with felony hit and run after the car he was driving crashed into the front of a house in South Boston, according to town police.

Lt. D. W. Barker said Timothy Austin was driving a 1999 Mercury Grand Marquis when the car ran off the left side of the road, striking a tree and an occupied house at 703 Berry Hill Road. Austin fled the scene on foot, and officers apprehended him later at a residence on Hilltop Drive, Barker said.

Austin complained of injury but was not transported to the hospital, the lieutenant said.

The crash occurred at 9:12 Wednesday morning.

Barker said investigating Cpl. T. B. White estimated damages at $7,000 to the Mercury and $30,000 to the house. Barker said the house is owned by Ronald Crenshaw and was occupied by Karen Cole.

A 26-year-old South Boston man was injured in a single-vehicle crash early Wednesday morning, state police said.

Trooper R. T. Ridgeway reported Brandon S. Perry was injured when the 2003 Ford Cobra Mustang he was driving ran off the right side of the road during rapid acceleration. The Mustang struck an embankment three times between vaults before coming to rest off the left side of the road, Ridgeway said.

EMS personnel transported Perry to Halifax Regional Hospital, the trooper said.

The accident occurred at 12:15 a.m. Wednesday on Route 879 (Plywood Trail), 300 feet south of Highway 360.

Ridgeway estimated damage to the Mustang at $7,500, and he charged Perry with DUI and reckless driving-failure to maintain proper control of a vehicle.