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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Louisville police arrested a man who they say hit a gas station pump and then drove away from the scene early Tuesday morning.
Paul Whelan was apprehended by authorities after they say he drove his red 2001 Ford Taurus into a pump at the Shell gas station at 7845 Preston Highway. After running into the pump, Whelan allegedly fled the scene by driving over a curb and into oncoming traffic, according to an arrest report.
A witness to the incident contacted authorities with a description of the vehicle and the license plate number. Authorities used the information given by the witness to locate Whelan's address. Officers went to Whelan's address and began searching for the vehicle.
While searching for the vehicle, officers observed Whelan pull into a parking space at the address. Officers then stopped the vehicle for further investigation. According to police records, police noticed a strong smell of alcohol coming from Whelan's breath. Additionally, officers noticed Whelan had bloodshot eyes, according to reports.
Police also reported that Whelan initially admitted that he had consumed more than two alcoholic beverages upon exiting his vehicle. Police say he later stated that he had consumed five or six beverages before operating his vehicle.
Police contacted an employee who was working at the Shell station at the time of the incident who told police that the events had been recorded on surveillance video.
Whelan is charged with DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, and criminal mischief.