State Troopers said they charged a Denver man for his involvement in a hit-and-run incident in the county Saturday night after Sheriff’s deputies found him hiding in his attic.
Anthony Pacitto, 40, of 7616 West Berkely Road, faces one count each of careless and reckless driving, hit-and-run and resisting, delaying and obstructing a law enforcement officer, according to Trooper B. Black with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
Troopers said the man was driving home from a Denver bar when his Mazda struck another passenger vehicle on Natalie Commons Drive, forcing it into a second car just before 10 p.m.
The impact significantly damaged each of the vehicles, Black said.
When deputies responded a short time later to Pacitto’s residence to arrest him, his wife told them he wasn’t home. However, after she called his cell phone, deputies heard the phone ringing in the home’s attic, where Black said the suspect had been hiding.
Although the suspect showed no visible sign of injuries, Black said, Pacitto told officers he ran home after someone jumped him, hit him over the head with a beer bottle and stole his vehicle. However, he didn’t file a stolen vehicle report, Black told the Times-News.
While Pacitto had alcohol in his system, officers said he didn’t have enough to be charged with a DWI.
Trooper J. Futrell also worked the incident.