Bizarre hit-and-run turns violent in Muncie

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MUNCIE, Ind. (May 20, 2015)-- A hit-and-run sent one man to jail and another to the hospital after he was struck with a hatchet. The smoke shop on the corner of 18th Street and Macedonia Avenue in Muncie had its surveillance cameras rolling Saturday.

The footage shows a silver Chevrolet pickup truck allegedly belonging to 51-year-old James Garrett, who police say was involved moments earlier in a hit-and-run.

According to police, the intoxicated Garrett fled the accident and drove to the 18th Street and Macedonia Avenue intersection, where the surveillance video shows what unfolded next.

Witnesses say a father and son, in separate cars, followed Garrett after the hit-and-run, boxing him in at the intersection's stop light.

The video shows the two men pulling Garrett from the truck and going all out-- swinging, kicking Garrett, anything they could to teach him a lesson.

When the father and son began their attack, police say Garrett pulled a hatchet on his attackers.

Moments after the fight begins, the surveillance video shows one of the men who pulled Garrett from his car limping and holding his leg. Witnesses who watched the fight say the limping was a result of Garrett’s hatchet.

“I can’t comment any further on the altercation at this time, it’s still an ongoing investigation,” said Detective Brian Campbell with the Muncie Police Department.

Muncie police wouldn't elaborate on the fight. They did say Garrett is facing charges for an intoxicated hit-and-run.

“They had determined there had been a hit-and-run and one of the vehicles involved, the driver was intoxicated. There was an arrest made for OWI and for leaving the scene,” said Campbell.

Garrett posted $5,000 bond and is no longer in jail. Delaware County prosecutors could consider further charges based on the fight that took place afterwards.

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