UPDATE: 3-18-2017 @ 9:40 a.m. Elkins and Ganous were released from jail and the charge for car theft dropped after investigators determined the car’s owner filed a false report. The owner, Ryan Stinson, 23, of Nashville, was arrested and charged with filing a false report to law enforcement officers, a Class D felony.
Two men are in jail today for stealing a car after they wrecked it early this morning.
According to Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton, Brandon Elkins, 20, of Hope and Jake Ganous, 20, of Nashville are being held at the Hempstead County Detention Center for theft of a motor vehicle after they crashed the car on Hempstead 27 South Tuesday morning.
According to the release, Deputy Matt Dunham was dispatched to a one vehicle crash on Hempstead 27 South at approximately 6:20 a.m. on Tuesday, March 14.
When he arrived on scene, Deputy Dunham reported he saw a wrecked black Mitsubishi Eclipse in the road. Howard County medics told Dunham there were two men in the car and they both refused medical treatment.
Dunham made contact with Elkins, who was driving the car at the time of the wreck. Dunham said Elkins told him he believed he was driving too fast and ran the car off the road into a concrete culvert. Ganous, the passenger, reportedly gave Dunham the same account of the wreck.
During his investigation of the crash, Dunham learned that the Mitsubishi did not belong to either Elkins or Ganous. According to Dunham, Elkins told him the car belonged to Ryan Stinson and that Stinson let him borrow it. He told Dunham he got the car from Stinson at a residence on Hempstead 27 North. Dunham reported that he asked Elkins if he had contacted Stinson about the wreck and Elkins told him he had and Stinson was on the way. Ganous reportedly gave the same account of how they had Stinson’s car.
Deputy Dunham called Stinson to find out what wrecker service he wanted to pick up his car. Dunham reported Stinson acted confused and asked him what he was talking about. Dunham asked Stinson if he let anyone borrow his car and Stinson told him it should be in his yard. Stinson checked and then told Dunham his car wasn’t there. Dunham told Stinson about the wreck and who had his car. Stinson told Dunham he din’t give them permission to use the car.
Deputy Dunham then placed Elkins and Ganous under arrest for Theft of Property, motor vehicle. Elkins was also charged with no drivers license and Ganous was also charged for no seatbelt. They were transported to the Hempstead County Detention Center where they are awaiting their first court appearance.