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Police say man blamed crash on carjackers

Published Aug. 24, 2005

A motorist was arrested early Friday after police said he drunkenly plowed his car into a power pole, then made up a story that two carjackers beat him up.

Christopher Jason Eddy, 26, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, a felony. Police also cited him for DUI involving a crash with property damage and making a false report of a traffic crash.

Eddy, of 506 E Morgan St., Apt. A, Tarpon Springs, crashed a 1989 Oldsmobile head-on into a power pole at 620 Levis Ave., police said.

Neither Eddy nor his brother Adam Eddy was wearing a seat belt and both cracked their heads against the windshield, shattering it, police said. Both suffered minor cuts, scrapes and bruises in the crash, which police said took place about 2:18 a.m.

Afterward, they ran home and Christopher Eddy called police, making up a story about being carjacked and beaten by two black men, officers said. Eddy is white.

During their investigation, officers learned that Eddy, who is unemployed, had been "drinking beer all day long before the crash," according to an arrest report.

"The defendant's brother, Adam, advised that the defendant was driving and he made up the story because he did not want to be arrested," Officer Robert White wrote in an arrest report.

Physical evidence did not support Eddy's explanation of the crash, and he gave two different accounts of what happened, White said.

Both brothers were taken to Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital to be treated for their injuries. Christopher Eddy later was booked into the Pinellas County Jail. He was being held there Friday afternoon in lieu of $5,750 bail

Damage to the power pole was estimated at $3,500. The Oldsmobile was a total loss.