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A Morris man was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly causing an accident.

Police officials responded to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of E. Benton Street and Pine Street around 8:15 p.m on Monday night. According to authorities, a vehicle driven by Patrick Lyons, 31 of Morris blew the stop sign and ran into another car.

After striking the second vehicle, Lyons drove into a nearby tree, severely damaging it. Lyons then allegedly fled the scene on foot, leaving behind a passenger in his vehicle. No injuries were reported at the scene of the accident. According to police, when an officer went to Lyons’ home, he denied being the driver of the vehicle.

The officer then advised Lyons to come down to the station to pick up the cell phone he had left behind and a copy of the accident report. Lyons was arrested For Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident and given citations for operating an uninsured motor vehicle, disobeying a stop sign and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Lyons posted a $100 bond and was given a court date for January 6.