Johnson City

Police: Man reported car stolen to cover up crash

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Johnson City Police say a man made up a story about a stolen car to cover up his involvement in a hit and run crash on Interstate 26.

Officers say he changed his story when he realized he ditched the car in a parking lot with security cameras.

Police say Jason Vela told them his car had been stolen from the parking lot at Johnson City Crossings.

About an hour later, his car was found in the parking lot at Blankenship Pharmacy.

Police say it matched the description of a car that was part of a hit and run crash on Interstate -26.

Officers say Vela admitted to driving the vehicle and leaving the scene of the accident when he realized he had parked the vehicle underneath a video surveillance camera.

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