Father, son to face charges after two accidents
CANFIELD -- An East Palestine father and son were arrested after their car wrecked twice in the township -- once on U.S. Route 224 and once on Hillside Drive.
Benjamin Eaton, whose age was unavailable, was charged Sunday with operating a vehicle while impaired, leaving the scene after property damage, failure to control and obstructing justice.
His father, Guy Eaton, 50, was charged with obstructing justice and disorderly conduct in connection with the wrecks.
A Canfield police officer reported seeing the first crash on Route 224 near Fairground Boulevard.
The officer said a westbound black car crashed into the back of a car that was stopped at a traffic light. The black car fled through the red light at a high speed, police said.
The car turned left onto Hillside Drive, where police found the car in a yard after it had hit a telephone pole and fire hydrant, dragging the hydrant about 60 feet.
The report said Guy Eaton was standing in the road yelling, "I did it! It was me, I was driving." Witnesses said a second man had fled after the accident.
Police said Guy Eaton was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.
Police found Benjamin Eaton at a home on Fairground Boulevard after he showed up there asking to use the phone, police said. Witnesses later identified him as the driver of the car.
The Eatons were to appear in court here today.