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UPDATE: Charges Filed in Hit-And-Run Accident

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UPDATE: The Panama City Police have charged a local man in a hit-and-run accident Wednesday night that sent three people to the hospital.

According to the Panama City Police Department, 34-year-old Joshua D. Ray was charged with DUI-Refusal to Submit to Breath Test, DUI 2nd or More Refusal to Submit to Breath Test, Driving on suspended license (Habitual Offender), Leaving the scene of a crash involving injuries and Open Containers of Alcohol in Vehicle (citation issued).

Police say that Ray was driving a 2007 Chrysler SUV and turned from 23rd Street to south on Highway 77 into the path of a 1996 Jeep SUV causing the crash (Violation of Right of Way).
Ray then fled the scene and was located by officers near 2nd Court and Cove Blvd. where he was arrested.
Ray displayed signs of impairment and refused to submit to field sobriety evaluations and to a breath test as required.  Open containers of alcohol were located in the vehicle. He was arrested and transported to Bay County Jail. Ray is listed as a Habitual Offender by DHSMV based on his prior driving history.
The adult driver and two children in the 1996 Jeep SUV were transported to a local hospital for non life threatening injuries.


A two vehicle collision on Wednesday night sends three people to the hospital and one to jail.

Panama City Police say two SUV's crashed at the intersection of Highway 77 and 23rd St. near the Panama City Mall. It happened around 8:20 p.m. The three people hurt were in a Jeep SUV, they were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police say the other SUV fled the scene and after a short chase, the driver was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident with injuries.

He was stopped and taken into custody in the Cove area of Panama City. No names have been released at this time.