Two women in their 30’s on vacation from New Hampshire were strolling along a sidewalk in Treasure Island when out of nowhere a black Mercedes ran them down and then was seen leaving the scene of the accident. Luckily for police there were witnesses to the hit-and-run and they did more than just recant the story. According to the St. Petersburg Times George Strus and his wife witnessed the car accident, called 911, checked on the women who were run over and then went after the car that hit the pair.
Strus was not alone in trying to track down the driver involved in the hit-and-run, as an off-duty Chicago police officer joined the chase as well. The pair were instrumental in leading police to 69-year-old Alyn Lee Towne who has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident with injury and DUI with serious bodily injury.
According to police Towne showed signs of impairment like bloodshot, watery eyes and an inability to balance himself when he returned to the scene of the accident. He preformed field sobriety tests and was also given a breath test. Results were not released. Towne was released from Pinellas County jail where he was being held on $10,000 bail.
Both women were taken to the hospital and both were set to be released today despite being treated for a broken tailbone, an injured hip and ankle and a concussion. Witnesses were shocked and relieved both women not only survived but were able to leave the hospital. Considering the car veered onto the sidewalk, it is lucky nobody was killed in what could have been a terrible drunk driving fatality if all the facts in the story prove to be true.