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The Christian County Sheriff's Office was called to the scene of a one vehicle accident at the corner of Ridge and Elm Street in Taylorville early Wednesday morning.

According to the accident report, a vehicle driven by Johnny L. Katcher of Taylorville was located in the ditch without the driver at the scene by responding officers. Deputies observed that the car's hood and tires were still warm.

The driver arrived with Taylorville Police Department officers, and told deputies that he was driving the vehicle and texting when he crashed into the ditch. Katcher told deputies he was not injured in the accident, but did complain of a minor headache from hitting his head on the driver's side window.

Katcher reported to deputies that he has called his father to come and pick him up after the accident and that he had left with him. Deputies asked Katcher, his father, and Katcher's girlfriend if he had been consumed any alcohol after the accident with all parties answering no.

Katcher was later arrested for leaving the scene of an accident and driving under the influence of alcohol after deputies located an almost empty bottle of Crown Royal on the driver's side floorboard.

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