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Martin Beals faces charges of DUII and reckless driving over the Friday crash in Cornelius.

POLICE PHOTO - Deputies say they found this disabled Dodge Ram near South Cherry Street around 10:11 p.m. on Friday, April 6. A Cornelius man has been arrested after allegedly crashing his car while intoxicated and then fleeing the scene of the accident.

Martin Scott Beals, 44, faces charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, failure to perform the duties of a driver and probation violation, the Sheriff's Office said.

POLICE PHOTO - Martin Scott Beals, 44Sheriff's deputies responded to reports of a hit-and-run crash at the corner of South Cherry Street and 28th Avenue around 10:11 p.m. on Friday, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said. When they arrived on the scene, they reported finding an empty 2016 Dodge Ram that had collided with several trees.

"Witnesses reported that the driver fled the scene on foot," a news release stated. "The investigation revealed that speed played a factor in the crash."

Cpl. Micah Akin unleashed his K-9 partner Stark, who followed the scent east toward a home on Southwest 345th Avenue. The Sheriff's Office said Beals was found hiding by the home.

Beals has a criminal record in Washington County.

Last year, Beals pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault and harassment after a Washington County court dismissed charges of strangulation and menacing.

As part of the plea deal, Beals admitted to "conduct (that) constituted domestic violence" in the presence of a child on Oct. 1, 2017.

He wrote in the guilty plea petition that he had been convicted or adjudicated for receiving a stolen vehicle in 2002, receiving stolen property in 2003 and possessing a stolen vehicle in 2003.

Beals did not immediately respond to a voicemail requesting comment left on his cell phone on Saturday.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to clarify that the Washington County Sheriff's Office reported the crash and arrest.


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