An Alabama man wanted for attempted murder and burglary accidentally turned himself in.
Jerry Lee Washington Jr., 21, entered a Warrior police department on Wednesday to report damage to his car. The damage came from an earlier incident: he’d allegedly tried to steal from the home of Joey Buchanan, and then ran over the man as he fled.
Washington was arrested on the spot.
“Some people aren’t as bright as they think they are,” Buchanan, who suffered fractures to the right side of his body, told WBRC.
“You don’t go to somebody’s house, steal something from them, run over somebody that is there, and then go file a report against them. How’s that going to work?”
The bizarre turn of events started when Buchanan’s father found Washington’s car parked in his front yard. He told his son to take down the car’s VIN number and tried to find Washington, who was hiding in a bush nearby.
Washington allegedly made a run for his car, and tried to mow down Buchanan and his grandfather. The grandfather was armed and fired two shots at Washington’s vehicle, but missed, ABC 33/40 reported.
“Well when [Washington] jumped out, the man jumped in his car, and threw it in drive and took off and pinned me between his car and my truck,” Buchanan said.
Washington was charged third-degree burglary, unlawful breaking and entering and attempted murder.