A Carthage man allegedly tried to flee police when they tried to stop his car at Fairview Avenue and Grand Avenue, then damaged the roundabout at Grand, Fairlawn and Airport Drive before he was caught.

A Carthage man allegedly tried to flee police when they tried to stop his car at Fairview Avenue and Grand Avenue, then damaged the roundabout at Grand, Fairlawn and Airport Drive before he was caught.
Carthage Community Policing Officer Chad Dininger said William Vincent Romero Jr., 36, Carthage, faces several charges, including felony counts of leaving the scene of an accident and resisting arrest, and misdemeanor charges of Driving While Intoxicated and failure to maintain insurance.
The “Welcome to Carthage” sign and the landscaping in the roundabout was damaged when the vehicle Romero was driving plowed through it.
Dininger said the incident started at 4:05 a.m. Wednesday, June 27, when a Carthage police officer tried to stop a vehicle for traffic violations at the intersection of Fairview and Grand.
He said the vehicle fled south and crashed into the roundabout, then the suspect fled on foot, but he was captured within minutes.
A Jasper County Sheriff's Office jail roster showed Romero still in custody as of Thursday evening on $2,500 surity or $500 cash bond.