A stretch of Worthington-Galena Road in Worthington was closed earlier this week after two reported hit-and-run accidents Sept. 10.
A 28-year-old Westerville man allegedly drove his vehicle into a pole at Sancus and Lakeview Plaza boulevards and fled the scene on the night of Sunday, Sept. 10, according to the Worthington Division of Police.
When officers responded to the scene, they found another crash that resulted in a downed utility pole farther south, near Worthington-Galena and Highland Avenue.
Officers searched for the driver and found him hiding in a trash bin in the 6700 block of North High Street. The man was injured in the crash and was taken by medics to OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital.
Worthington Sgt. Jim Moran said the incident began in Columbus, where the man allegedly "rammed" his boyfriend's car with his vehicle before hitting another car and fleeing.
After the crash at Sancus and Lakeview, Worthington officers became involved. By the time the second Worthington crash was discovered, Worthington was working with the Columbus Division of Police.
Moran said man was charged with two hit-and-run incidents.
He said no charges had been filed to indicate that the man was intoxicated.
Moran said some news reports had suggested a car chase or a pursuit on foot, but neither had occurred.
"There was never a car chase and really was never a real foot chase either ... from either department," he said.
In other recent Worthington police incident reports:
* Worthington officers were told by their counterparts in Columbus that a Worthington resident's information had been used for a forged check.
The identity theft occurred Aug. 28 when a $6,800 check was forged in the name of the 86-year-old woman at a Columbus bank, according to reports.
The woman already had been the victim of a theft after a check was stolen from a United States Postal Service box earlier this year, the report said.
Throughout 2017, multiple Worthington residents and others from surrounding communities have reported having payroll checks stolen and forged.
The thefts are being investigated by the local office of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
* An attempted vehicle theft occurred on the 6500 block of Huntley Road.
Someone smashed the window of a truck and attempted to steal the vehicle between Aug. 30 and 31.
* A Worthington resident reported Sept. 1 that someone had requested an address change in his name through the USPS.
The USPS already was investigating the questionable address.
The man reportedly did not suffer any losses, but had multiple accounts flagged over the issue.