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AUSTIN EDITION Passenger in crash detained by witnesses

A 25-year-old man suffered injuries Saturday night when the van he was riding in crashed into a utility pole in northeast Austin.

The Austin man, who tried to flee the scene, was detained by witnesses, Police Capt. Curt Rude said. He was bleeding from his forehead and mouth and couldn't speak English.

Through an interpreter, the man refused aid from the ambulance crew, Rude said.

Witnesses told police they saw the van crash into the pole about 6:55 p.m. in the 1100 block of Eighth Avenue Northeast. The driver fled.

The van's front had a significant amount of damage, Rude said.

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The injured passenger told police he had been too intoxicated to drive from Todd Park so he asked the van's driver for a ride, Rude said. He told police he didn't know the driver or why he fled the scene.

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