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Forest Park man charged in hit-and-run

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

A Clayton County man faces numerous charges in Henry County, for his alleged involvement in two wrecks on the same night.

Roberto Carlos Macias, 18, of Forest Park, is charged with hit-and-run, striking a fixed object, possession of Xanax, reckless driving, DUI/multiple substances, driving without a license, and theft by taking (vehicle).

Henry County Police say they encountered Macias shortly before midnight Saturday. According to Police Capt. Jason Bolton, Macias caused an accident along Ga. Highway 155 near Interstate 75, striking two vehicles before leaving the scene.

"As officers were in enroute to the hit-and-run, Macias wrecked again by colliding with a light pole as he was attempting to turn onto Walker Drive from Ga. Highway 155," said Bolton. "Macias fled the scene this time on foot," he added.

Bolton said police discovered that Macias allegedly stole the vehicle he wrecked, from a house on Rustico Court in McDonough. The house, he added, is located about one mile from where the second wreck took place.

"Macias was located a short time later hiding under some clothes in a bedroom closet at the home on Rustico," said the captain. "His clothing was wet and covered in mud."

Bolton said when police searched the suspect, they found Xanax in an unmarked pill bottle.

"There was also evidence that he had been drinking," Bolton said.

Macias was arrested and taken to the Henry County Jail.

He appeared Monday in Magistrate Court, and his bond was set at $13,471. He remained in jail Wednesday.

A preliminary hearing in the case was set for Oct. 21, to enable him to hire an attorney.