Man drove through fence at Lake City school, police say


Published: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 6:22 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 6:22 p.m.

A man crashed through the fence of a Lake City elementary school early Sunday morning, knocking over several signs in the parking lot before driving out through a second part of the fence, police said.

He was arrested a short time later after police traced a path of broken car parts and leaking fluids back to the school, according to a report.

At 1:43 a.m., a driver called Lake City police to report a vehicle had gone through the stop sign at S.W.

St. Margarets Street and S.W. Mcfarlane Avenue and crashed through the locked gate of the east entrance into Summers Elementary School, 1388 S.W. Mcfarlane Ave.

Jeremy K. Pepper, 28, of Lake City drove the 1996 Olds Achieva around the parking lot hitting several signs before crashing through another portion of fence, according to a witness.

Officer Rebecca Miles found the car at the intersection of S.W. Sisters Welcome Road and S.W. Grandview Avenue. Pepper was observed by officers as being disoriented and having a strong odor of alcohol coming from him, the report states.

There was substantial damage to his vehicle and both the front and rear windshields were shattered. Pepper was arrested on charges of leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked at the

Columbia County Detention center on $1,500 bond and has since bonded out.

The maintenance department of the Columbia County School Board has estimated the damage to school property to be $1,200.

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