A man who called police to report an assault was instead arrested for a Fort Lauderdale hit-and-run crash that left a pedestrian critically injured Thursday, police said.
Jose R. Sanchez, 47, is facing charges of leaving the scene of an accident with injuries and tampering with evidence in the crash that happened just before 12:30 a.m. in the 600 block of West Broward Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale Police said.
During his first court appearance Friday morning, Sanchez was ordered held on $3,500 bond.
According to police, 53-year-old Daniel Francis Driscoll was trying to cross the boulevard when he was struck by the car and thrown to the ground. Driscoll, of Pompano Beach, was not in the crosswalk, police said.
The driver fled the scene. Driscoll was taken to Broward Health Medical Center with life-threatening injuries and was in critical condition Thursday, police said.
Hours after the crash, around 6 p.m., Sanchez called police to report a delayed assault and officers went to his Fort Lauderdale home.
Sanchez told officers he was driving in the area of Northwest 5th Avenue and West Broward Boulevard when he was attacked, police said. But the officers found Sanchez's car, which matched the description from the crash and had damage from the hit and run, police said.
Evidence recovered at the crash scene also matched Sanchez's car, police said.