GRAND ISLAND - What started out as an altercation turned into a “drunken rampage,” according to Grand Island Police Capt. Jim Duering.
Duering said 19-year-old Gregorio Tercero Perez was arrested for one count of driving under the influence, one count of refusal to submit to a breath test and three counts of leaving the scene of a property damage accident.
According to witness reports, the incident started late Tuesday night as an altercation between Tercero Perez in a 2009 Toyota Camry and a red Ford Expedition around Fourth and Waldo.
The two vehicles fled southbound at high speeds down Waldo, then the vehicle drove by Tercero Perez struck a car in the area of 236 N. Waldo and continued south.
Tercero Perez, followed by the Expedition, entered a lot on 104 Waldo, where Tercero Perez’s vehicle appeared to lose control according to the tracks.
Tercero Perez then struck a dumpster, backed up, and struck a car.
He then cut through the lot and drove through Ryder Park, including through the fences and a baseball field, according to police reports.
Tercero Perez ended up on Piper Street and turned onto North Front Street where he crashed into a residence on 2920 N. Front Street.
The Camry caught on fire when it hit the residence, and it is believed the residence also caught fire, but neither fire was severe.
Duering said Tercero Perez was surrounded by beer cans when officers confronted him.
Witnesses said it appeared that Tercero Perez and the red Expedition were involved in a chase.
A passenger with Tercero Perez fled the scene on foot and the driver of the red Expedition fled the scene in the vehicle.
Duering said Tercero Perez was uncooperative at the time of arrest, but is now in custody.
In Hall County Court Wednesday, Tercero Perez was charged with three counts of leaving an accident scene and failing to furnish info, first offense. He was also charged with first-offense DUI-alcohol, refusal to submit to pretest and two counts of terroristic threats. The latter two are the only felonies.
Judge Arthur Wetzel set bond at $7,500 and scheduled his preliminary hearing for 9:30 a.m. July 24.
Tercero Perez also has another case against him in Hall County, relating to offenses committed April 6. He pleaded guilty to leaving an accident — failure to furnish info and having no proof of insurance. A third charge, possession or use of drug paraphernalia, was dropped. For those offenses, he will be sentenced at the same time July 24.