Lake Havasu City Police officers responded to the 2600 block of Rainbow Avenue late Thursday night after receiving reports of a black Chevy Camaro colliding with a mailbox and doing damage to another vehicle at the location.

According to witnesses, a driver later identified as James R. Allen, 30, of Havasu, swerved off the roadway while driving. His vehicle allegedly drove through several residential yards before striking a mailbox. Police say that during the crash, one of the wheels of Allen’s vehicle came free and struck the wall of a nearby home.

When officers arrived, they soon found the black Camaro at a nearby Knobhill Drive. The Camaro had suffered severe damage to its front end, and both of the vehicle’s front tires appeared to be missing. The Camaro’s wheels were worn, the report said, indicating that the vehicle was driven even after the wheels came off. Officers learned the vehicle was registered to Allen, who lived less than a mile from the scene.

Officers traveled to Allen’s home and allegedly found him in his driveway. According to police, Allen saw officers’ arrival and ran into his residence, shutting the door behind him before officers could stop him. Officers covered the front and rear exits of Allen’s home, the report said.

Allen soon agreed to speak with officers and submitted to a series of field sobriety tests, the report said, which he was unable to complete. He was arrested at the scene and transported to Lake Havasu City Jail.

A test of Allen’s breath allegedly measured his blood-alcohol concentration at 0.154%. Allen has been charged with criminal damage to property, hit-and-run and DUI.


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