DECATUR – Police were sent to the scene of a hit-and-run crash on the city's east side about 9 a.m. Feb. 6, in which a white SUV reportedly struck a fence and utility pole, before it was driven from the scene.
A few minutes later, officers found Bradford L. Randle, 22, in a white Mitsubishi in the 1400 block of East Condit Street, about three-quarters of a mile from the crash scene, at North 19th and East Locust streets.
Randle, a parolee who recently served prison terms for aggravated battery and identity theft, initially denied that he drove into a pole.
But after he was told by police that witnesses could identify his vehicle, he admitted that “he did hit a pole and then left the scene,” said a probable cause affidavit by Decatur patrol officer Larry Brooks.
Randle, who reportedly handed an empty half-pint bottle of vodka to an officer from his vehicle, was arrested and booked into the Macon County Jail, where he is being held on $10,000 bond.
His breath test at the jail showed a blood-alcohol content of 0.10 percent, over the 0.08 percent limit for drivers.
He was found to be without a driver's license or insurance. He did have a metal pipe in his pocket, which he admitted using for smoking cannabis, Brooks wrote in his statement.
Randle was arraigned Tuesday on felony counts of aggravated DUI alcohol, aggravated driving with a blood alcohol count of 0.08 or over and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage.
Randle, who has four felony convictions since 2013, was convicted of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon March 20, for taking part in an attack on a 32-year-old man on Jan. 14, 2015.
The victim was beaten by four men, who struck him with a metal baton and kicked and punched him in his head and body. The victim suffered two broken ribs, a punctured lung, wounds to his head requiring 14 staples, three broken fingers and a forehead injury requiring four stitches.
In his most recent case, Randle is due in court March 1 for his preliminary hearing.