Hit-and-Run Victim Snaps Photo of License Plate, Leads to Arrest

Hit-and-Run Victim Snaps Photo of License Plate, Leads to ArrestA man who allegedly crashed into a vehicle and then fled the scene wasn’t anticipating the victim of the crash to quickly take a picture of his license plate, the Tucson Citizen reports.

According to the news source, on Friday, October 28, the alleged hit-and-run offender was apprehended after the crash victim took a picture of his license plate number and submitted it to officials. Now, 27-year-old Dustin James McCornack has been accused of rear-ending another vehicle.

The accident is said to have happened at about 11:20 p.m. at the corner of Ray Road and Arizona Avenue. After McCornack reportedly slammed into the car in front of him, the assailant then drove away, but not fast enough, as the victim was able to take a picture before he left.

The Arizona Republic reports that after police officials were tipped off to the hit-and-run offender and had his license plate, officers were able to quickly find the man. Police officers located McCornack at the corner of Ray Road and Hamilton Street, but upon their arrival, police found the man already incapacitated.

Police say they found McCornack in his car, which had crashed into a light pole at the intersection. He reportedly had bloodshot and watery eyes and smelled of alcohol when police made the arrest.

Upon searching him, police discovered a glass pipe in his pocket that had allegedly been used to smoke marijuana, leading the police to arrest the man on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, possession of marijuana and fleeing the scene of an accident.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, there were 16,723 alleged hit-and-run crashes in Arizona in 2010, resulting in 54 traffic fatalities.