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Police: Niagara Falls man involved in hit-and-run claimed car was stolen

NIAGARA FALLS - A man involved in a hit-and-run crash with a parked car left his damaged vehicle on the sidewalk and took a taxi home before police arrived on scene, according to a city police report.

Niagara Falls police responded to the 400 block of 27th Street at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Officers found a black Jeep Patriot on the sidewalk with heavy front-end damage. The Jeep was unlocked and the keys were in the ignition. A 2006 Ford Focus sat nearby with damage to the driver's side, according to a police report.

While officers were investigating, the owner of the Jeep, Robert T. Wynn, 68, called police to report his vehicle had been stolen, according to a police report . Wynn was slurring his speech, police alleged.

Police discovered that a taxi cab driver had recently picked up a man on the 2600 block of Pine Avenue and drove him to an address on Witkop Avenue - the same address on the registration for Wynn's Jeep, police said.

After officers arrived there, Wynn said he wanted to file a stolen vehicle report, but later admitted he had crashed his vehicle after drinking at a bar, according to the report. Wynn had a blood-alcohol content of 0.13 percent. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a property damage accident, police said.

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