Police: Man charged with hit-and-run after crashing into Tallahassee home

Posted at 11:35 AM, Oct 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-01 22:33:02-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A Tallahassee man has been arrested after local homeowners were awakened by what sounded like a gun shot and instead found a large hole in the side of their house.

Leamont Gavin, 39, was arrested on Sunday.

According to an arrest document, Leon County deputies were called to the 6900 block of Tom Roberts Road early Sunday morning about a possible gunshot.

When they arrived, deputies found a 2018 red Hyundai Elantra in the roadway in front of the home. Deputies note the car had "severe" damage in the front end and the airbags were deployed. 

The homeowners told investigators that they were sleeping inside the home when they awoke to what sounded like a gunshot.

However, they soon realized that it wasn't a gunshot they heard but the sound of a car crashing into their house, breaking the fence and leaving a large hole in the side of the home.

While deputies were on scene investigating, another deputy found two people believed to be involved in the crash walking down Springhill Road. One of the people, identified as Gavin, admitted to driving the car into the home.

Documents say Gavin stated that he was driving too fast and lost control of the car, crashing it into the home. He also told investigators that he didn't have a valid license.

When asked why he walked away from the crash, he said he had no cellphone service and couldn't call 911. Gavin stated that he knocked on the door, but nobody came to the door, so he backed the car out of the wall and parked it in the road.

According to court documents, the homeowners estimated the damage to their home to be around $20,000, as the car went through brick, framing, insulation and drywall.

Based on the evidence, Gavin was arrested for leaving the scene of a crash with injury and driving with a suspended/revoked license. He was transported to the hospital for treatment on a gash under his eye before being booked into the Leon County Detention Facility.