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Barnard Cato Arrested: Florida Man Claims He Fled DUI Accident To Avoid Soiling Himself

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Alchua County Sheriff

A DUI suspect allegedly fled the scene of an accident, but only to avoid having another one.

Barnard W. Cato told police that he bolted for the nearest toilet after he unknowingly crashed his car into another vehicle and a newspaper stand early Tuesday morning.

"I had the runs, I had to go," Cato said, according to an arrest report obtained by the Gainesville Sun.

Police found Cato a few minutes later in a nearby Walmart. The 29-year-old suspect had a "strong odor of alcohol emanating from his breath and clothing" and his eyes were "bloodshot and watery," according to the report.

He also declined to give a breathalyzer test.

Cato is charged with driving under the influence, hit and run and leaving the scene of an accident involving injury.

Even if you do have personal business to attend to, it's never a good idea to flee the scene of an accident. On the other hand, it might be a good idea to move along if you find yourself in a scenario similar to this German man, who made a run for it when a woman demanded too much sex.

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