On Nov. 13, an Alabama man was arrested after attempting to flee the scene of a hit-and-run crash.

MARY ESTHER — An Alabama man was arrested Nov. 13 after attempting to flee the scene of a multi-vehicle crash.


According to a Nov. 18 press release from the Florida Highway Patrol, the incident occurred about 4:30 p.m. on U.S. Highway 98 near the Hurlburt Field main gate.


The release said that Bryan Smith, a 33-year-old Alabama resident, began driving in the middle of the highway.


He then hit three different vehicles that were driven driven by Joshua Pait, a 29-year-old Navarre resident, Thomas Canada, a 40-year-old Navarre resident and Kenneth Brill, an 87-year-old Gulf Breeze resident. All were traveling west.


After the crash, Smith attempted to flee the scene before being arrested, the release said.


He sustained minor injuries and was taken to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, the release said. All other drivers escaped injury.


FHP reported that Smith was also involved in an earlier hit-and-run in Mary Esther.


He is believed to have been under the influence of some substance "due to his irrational behavior and language," according to the release.