Interlachen man accused in series of hit-and-runs

Published: Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 6:20 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 6:20 p.m.

A 32-year-old Interlachen man was caught by a K-9 unit east of Interstate 75 on Saturday morning and accused of being the driver of a pickup truck that caused a series of hit-and-run accidents on I-75 that spanned three counties, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Adam Edward Harris, driving a 2003 Ford pickup northbound on the interstate, apparently was involved first in an accident at mile marker 413 in Columbia County at around 8:50 a.m. Saturday, FHP said. A second accident occurred in Suwannee County and the last accident occurred at mile marker 450 in Hamilton County.

During the third crash, Harris' pickup struck a perimeter fence and tree on the side of the interstate, according to FHP. Harris fled the scene on foot, but a K-9 unit from Hamilton Department of Corrections found him in a wooded area east of I-75 at about 10:35 a.m., troopers said.

Harris was treated for minor injuries at Shands Live Oak, then transported to the Suwannee County Jail.

Harris was charged with two counts of DUI with injuries, two counts of hit and run with injuries, DUI property damage and careless driving, FHP said.

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