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Man wanted for crashing into fire hydrant, then stealing truck to flee

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Around 10 a.m. Wednesday, at the corner of Choctaw and Mission Drives in north Baton Rouge, Calvin Bethley, 59, allegedly crashed a car into a telephone pole and fire hydrant. He then walked across the street to Industrial Screw and Supply and spoke with the clerk at the front desk.

Rick Crew is the president of Industrial Screw and Supply and said Bethley walked into the business asking for a guy in the back.

"Our guy says, 'What guy you talking about? Well, you know, the guy that works in the back. What guy you talking about?' He goes, 'You know, the black guy.' He goes, 'You talking about Eric? Yeah,' so we allow him to go on back to our warehouse," said Crew.

Bethley went in looking for Eric Martin.

"He actually shook my hand and said, 'You don't remember me do you?' I was like, 'No,' waiting on him to tell me who he was, and then he walked to the back here and said, 'Can you give me a ride?' I said, 'Give you a ride? Man, I'm working, I can't give you no ride. I don't know you'," said Martin.

At the same time, Crew said he saw one of his trucks go speeding out the parking lot.

The truck he allegedly used to get away in was parked between two other white pickups in a fenced area. Crew said the keys were left inside the older model white Chevy pickup with a flatbed and the company logo on it.

"I jumped in the other truck to see if I could chase him. He was already long gone," said Martin.

From Baton Rouge to Iberville Parish, Major Ronnie Hebert said Iberville deputies were looking for Bethley for the theft of $700 after he allegedly called a man saying his car broke down in Natchez, MS and needed $700.

"The gentleman on the other end of the phone told him, 'If you will go to Baton Rouge to the Waffle House on College Dr., I have a friend of mine who is there'," said Major Hebert.

The victim thought he was helping a friend so gave Bethley $700. But this week, when he asked his friend if he received the money, Major Hebert said the friend said, "I didn't call you. Apparently, somebody else got your money."

Which is why on Wednesday, when Bethley saw Iberville deputies in Baton Rouge, he ran from them and crashed the car. That car however, is not his.

"It was a rental vehicle that was registered or rented by one of his family members, so we're going to make contact with that individual and see what information they can give us," said BRPD's L'Jean McKneely.

Bethley is still on the run, now wanted for theft in Iberville and hit and run and auto theft out of Baton Rouge. If you know his whereabouts, call Crime Stoppers at 344-STOP.

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