Joe Philbin's Son Faces Felony Charge After Fleeing the Scene of an Accident

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Joe Philbin’s son, Matthew (pictured to the right), is charged with a third-degree felony — failing to stop and render aid — stemming from an incident in Austin, Texas this past March. As detailed by the Miami Herald, the younger Philbin, a 26-year-old U.S. Army first lieutenant, allegedly went the wrong direction on a one-way street and crashed into another vehicle. The other driver, a 22-year-old woman, sustained unspecified neck, head, and arm injuries.

Philbin allegedly left the scene of the crash:

According to Austin Police Detective D. Drake, the witness stopped and asked for Philbin‘s cellphone to call for help. Philbin refused, asking both the victim and witness to avoid calling the police. Soon after, he hailed a cab and fled the scene.

When police arrived, they found his iPhone, wallet and military identification card. According to the report, Philbin had text messages from a friend concerned that he was driving while intoxicated. Both Robinson and the witness identified Philbin in a lineup.

Detective Drake said that Philbin’s attorney asked him to defer the investigation because the lieutenant was about to be promoted to captain; when the victim’s father discovered this, he reportedly called Fort Hood and told them about the incident. The Miami Dolphins declined to provide comment on the matter.

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[Photo via Palm Beach Post]

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