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Hit-and-run suspect blamed 'yelling' girlfriend

David Scarpa said he was engaged in a "verbal argument" with his girlfriend when he backed into a utility pole.

By Ben Hooper

VINELAND, N.J., Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Police in New Jersey said a man who struck a utility pole told police he left the scene of the accident because he "did not want to deal with his girlfriend yelling at him."

Vineland police said David Scarpa, 21, came into the police station Nov. 24 to report backing into a utility pole while having a "verbal argument" with his girlfriend about 11 p.m. the previous night.

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A 911 caller had reported hearing "yelling" and a "bang" before discovering debris next to the utility pole just after the incident, police said.

Scarpa told officers he had left the scene of the crash and waited until the next day to report the incident because he "did not want to deal with his girlfriend yelling at him."

Scarpa was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and reckless driving.

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