LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Authorities are searching for a West Hollywood driver who was caught on tape trying to talk his way out of a traffic accident.

The man, who was captured on a resident’s cell phone video, can be heard trying to negotiate with another driver after slamming into a stopped vehicle.

“Can I just give you cash, bro?” the driver says. “I’ll give you $6,000 cash right now. I really don’t want to call the… I really don’t want to go to jail, bro! I’m drunk… I’m drunk as [expletive].”

Brian Hamilton, who captured video of the man begging another driver not to contact authorities, has been living near Laurel Avenue and Fountain — where the accident took place — for more than 20 years. He says this is not the first accident he’s seen.

“I’ve often times wished that I could change the outcome,” Hamilton says. “I think we’re all eyewitnesses with these little cameras that we have.”

The driver fled into an apartment building shortly after the crash. A woman came outside shortly thereafter and cleaned out the car’s trunk. Authorities later towed the vehicle and are still looking for the driver.

Comments (7)
  1. Mel Gibson says:

    Even though he was Drunk he had sense enough to not let the cops get Him. If no one was injured he is not in a lot of trouble.

  2. Robby Logan says:

    Mel’s right. He was distraught at the time, no statement is admissible. He meant he was GOING to get drunk. He went into the other building because he smelled smoke and wanted to see if there was a fire. Send somebody to get the car from impound, tell the cops to pound sand.
    Memo to camera boy – snitches get stitches, nome sane?

    1. onclewillie says:

      Snitches? You have a very messed up idea of right and wrong. The man with the camera is a good citizen. More people should get involved.

      Your reading comprehension is pitiful. The article indicated that the tape would be incriminating.

      1. LA REP says:

        @ Onclewillie – Stay in West Hollywood. First of all, the driver actively saved the city money by taking initiative in resolving a conflict, no sorry, not a conflict, an accident. If you have even the slightest 5th grade level of comprehension for California state law, you will know that a vehicle collision, no matter any admission of guilt or fault it, is still qualified as an accident. Second of all, how do even begin to recognize this amateur camera phone recording of as evidence of anything. There has no been no crime, there has been no injury, and there has been no proof that this “filming” was even the same car collision as recorded by the media. So please, take you’re pitiful education to twitter, or maybe your extended family on Facebook, because no one cares what you think Oncle Willie.


        You spelled your name Uncle Willie, incorrectly. Blame the public school system, blame the state, I blame your parents.

    2. Marie says:

      I agree onclewillie. And who is to say that if he is not caught now that he goes out gets drunk again and ends up killing a family or your kid Robert Logan? And when your in court hoping this person goes to jail for life and later you find out it was not the first time he was behind a wheel drunk……it was just the first time he killed someone. Would you still think with the “snitches get stitches, nome sane?” attitude?

      It happens more often then you think. Someone you love was just talking to you ends up being killed by a drunk driver and worse the drunk driver is still alive.

      “Nome sane?”

  3. Jeff says:

    6 g’s? I would’ve definitely taken the cash if my car wasn’t banged up.

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