Man arrested for stealing vehicle then driving while drunk

A man from Washington County is arrested, accused of stealing a vehicle and driving drunk.

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Melton Bates of Granville was driving a vehicle after it was reported stolen, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said.

He is facing DWI charges and he refused to take a breath test.

He is also facing charges for a hit and run accident under investigation by state police, deputies said.

Bates was arraigned and being held in jail.

He is due back in court at a later date.