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A Darlington man was accused of driving drunk, fleeing an accident and driving without a license after he allegedly crashed his car in Street on Sunday evening, according to Maryland State Police reports.

Jose Pedro Arratia-Romero, 31, of the 1300 block of Stafford Road, is charged with fourth-degree burglary, alcohol intoxication, two counts of driving while under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol, negligent driving, reckless driving, failing to drive right of center, failing to display a license on demand, driving without required license, consuming alcohol in the passenger area of a motor vehicle, failing to stop after an accident involving damage, failing to return to the scene of an accident and failing to give insurance information.

Another driver told police that at about 7:56 p.m., a car driven by a man, later identified as Arratia-Romero, entered his lane at Route 1 and Sandy Hook Road and clipped him head-on, after which the Arratia-Romero's car spun out in the middle of the road, almost hitting a large tree and telephone pole, according to charging documents.

Arratia-Romero, as well as passengers in his car, allegedly ran into the woods, ignoring help that witnesses were trying to offer, according to the documents.

A Maryland State Police trooper reported that a man matching Arratia-Romero's description was on his porch in the 3000 block of Conowingo Road, according to court documents.

Arratia-Romero admitted he was driving the vehicle. His eyes were blood-shot and glassy, his speech was slurred and he smelled of alcohol, according to court documents.

Police also found an open Corona beer bottle in the car, according to court documents.

An assistant state's attorney told Harford County District Court Judge Susan Hazlett during a bail review Monday that Arratia-Romero has similar charges pending in Texas and California.

Hazlett ordered him held on $10,000 bail.

Arratia-Romero remained jailed at the Harford County Detention Center Thursday.

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