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Wild ride puts man in hospital

COVINGTON -- A driver is facing multiple traffic violations after he apparently lost control of a Dodge Durango Saturday night, striking a pedestrian and pushing another vehicle into the side of a house, according to the Covington Police Department.

CPD spokesman Lt. Wendell Wagstaff said warrants have been issued for the arrest of Anthony Antonio Baisden, 28, of 4141 Puckett St. on charges of theft by taking, driving without a license, driving without insurance, leaving the scene of an accident with injuries and reckless driving in connection with the incident.

According to a CPD incident report, officers say about 7:45 p.m. Baisden was apparently traveling west on Green Acres Drive and negotiating a curve in the road to proceed south when he left the roadway near Oakwood Circle.

The vehicle then went through the yard of a Green Acres Drive home, damaging the yard and destroying the mailbox.

"The Durango then hit a telephone pole guide wire owned by the city of Covington and damaged the wire ... then entered (another) yard and damaged the grass and three rose bushes ... then crossed over Pineneedle Drive, striking a pedestrian who was walking west on Pineneedle Drive," the report states.

The vehicle next traveled back onto Green Acres Drive, damaging the third yard and shrubbery before striking a Chevrolet Blazer, pushing it through the exterior wall of a fourth residence, also on Green Acres Drive, the report states.

CPD officers arrived at the scene to find the vehicle unoccupied and the pedestrian complaining of pain in his right leg with a "visible contusion." The injured man was transported by ambulance to Newton Medical Center.

Meanwhile, the owner of the Durango showed up at the scene and said she had an argument with Baisden and he had "jumped in (the vehicle) and accelerated rapidly.

Almost immediately (the owner and a witness) heard a crash and walked down to discover that the Durango had been wrecked." The owner of the car said the suspect had taken it without her permission and she wanted to press charges.