VINELAND — A local man fled the scene of a Sunday night accident because he did not want to be yelled at anymore by his girlfriend, according to city police.

David Scarpa was having a “verbal argument” with his girlfriend when he put his vehicle in reverse and struck a utility pole at Iris and Clover avenues around 11 p.m., police said.

The caller who reported the hit-and-run accident said he heard people “yelling,” then heard a “bang,” and discovered debris on the ground next to the utility pole, police said.

Scarpa, 21, of the 700 block of Strawberry Avenue, turned himself in to police around 4 p.m. Monday, authorities said. Scarpa said he fled the scene and did not immediately report the accident because he “did not want to deal with his girlfriend yelling at him,” authorities said.

Police said they charged Scarpa with leaving the scene of an accident and reckless driving.

— Thomas Barlas

19 years and still learning: 6 months at the Santa Fe New Mexican, 2 years at the Gloucester County Times, and The Press of Atlantic City ever since.

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