Paul Metell left the scene of the accident after he apparently lost control of his Corvette while traveling at high speed on South Water Street. The car veered to the left and left skid marks from slamming on the brakes, then struck a fence while heading uphill and onto the lawn of the house, with the passenger side of the vehicle ultimately striking the house and leaving a trail of debris behind it.
Metell left the scene, but a neighbor told police that he saw the Corvette driver walking up the street toward the Katama Road intersection.
Officers found him four hours later at the Newes from America Pub in Edgartown, where he admitted wrecking the Corvette and said he panicked and didn’t know what to do.
Police are not sure if alcohol was involved in the crash since so much time had passed since, and Metell was found at a pub drinking.
Regardless, Metell faces charges of leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, speeding, and marked lanes violation.
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