By Jennifer Lenain, Item Staff Writer
The Picayune Item
Residents on Seal Street saw a red Ford Mustang crash into a tree early Thursday morning.
When officers arrived on the scene, the vehicle was unoccupied, said Jeremy Magri, assistant to the chief of police. “The driver, Arthur Willhite, 39, left the scene and was seen running down South Haugh Avenue.”
Officers were approached by Willhite’s 14-year-old daughter, and she told them that Willhite ran home and told her about the accident.
“Willhite was picked up at his residence, 600 S. Haugh Ave., and brought the scene of the accident,” Magri said.
Witness statements say the Mustang was seen turning on to Seal Street, engine revving and popping the clutch before losing control.
“During the interview,” Magri said, “Willhite admitted to revving up the engine and popping the clutch to a high rate of speed, causing him to spin the tires, losing control of the car and hitting the tree.”
Through investigation, it was determined that Willhite has a suspended driver’s license and no insurance.
AAA was dispatched to the scene, but Willhite refused treatment. He was then taken into custody and transported to the Picayune Jail.
Willhite was charged with reckless driving, no insurance and suspended driver’s license.