Jake T. Austin WAS the driver of the car that crashed into 3 other vehicles early Tuesday morning, but may avoid drunk driving prosecution because he fled the seen in an Uber cab, reports TMZ. Jake, 18, and a friend were driving in Studio City around 3 AM when he crashed into the 3 cars.
Witnesses say Jake tossed a Ciroc vodka bottle out of the car, but before cops arrived at the scene, Jake ordered an Uber (Town Car service) and they fled the crime scene. Cops suspect drinking was involved, but there’s no way Jake could be prosecuted for drunk driving because police never located him. Jake denied he had been drinking.
Austin is still in trouble for leaving the scene of an accident without providing identifying information.. which constitutes a hit-and-run. Jake’s lawyer called cops at 4 AM and told them Jake was the owner of the car. The lawyer did NOT disclose the fact that Jake was the driver, so as not to violate the attorney-client privilege, especially important because leaving the scene is a crime.
Jake has an iron-clad excuse for leaving the scene: he and his passenger were injured and needed immediate medical attention. In other words, they didn’t have time to leave a note. Jake had an injury to his mouth, and went directly to the ER and received stitches. The victims will be fully compensated, so there’s really no need to prosecute.
Jake T. Austin was arrested October 8 by the CHP after being pulled over for driving at night without headlights. We’re told police officers smelled booze as they approached his vehicle, administered a field sobriety test and Austin did poorly. Austin blew a .08 and was arrested. He has since been charged with DUI and has a court date scheduled for this week. At the time he was busted, Austin was driving the 2010 Audi with New York plates, the same car that he slammed into multiple cars.
Disgusting, people could have been killed, he should be put into jail ASAP!