On July 15, State College police responded to the report of a crash involving a driver attempting to turn right at an intersection when a car, driven by Michael Cardinal, tried to pass the individual, The Daily Collegian reported.
Authorities said Cardinal allegedly made no attempt to stop and hit the individual’s passenger side mirror as he continued to drive away.
In an attempt to get the other driver to exchange information, the individual followed Cardinal, The Daily Collegian reported.
Both drivers pulled into the Sleep Inn, where the victim said he would call the police for the crash.
Cardinal, however, sped around the parking lot and then he rammed into the driver side of the victim’s car, officials said. The victim was still inside the car and the airbags deployed.
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Cardinal fled the scene in an attempt to “hide from police,” court documents stated.
Police were able to locate Cardinal, who allegedly admitted to police that he was “a little buzzed,” officials said.
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Cardinal was arrested, which is when he admitted to “ramming that a******” and told police the victim was “lucky that was all he did,” according to authorities.
Police said Cardinal admitted to drinking alcohol and showed several signs of intoxication.
He was charged with aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence, recklessly endangering another person, accidents involving damage to attended vehicle or property, driving under the influence, reckless driving and careless driving, officials said.
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