Thursday, June 11, 2009
One arrested for leaving scene
By SUE WATSON
A New Albany man was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident in which injuries occurred, according to sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
The accident occurred on Wilson Golden Road around 6:30 p.m. on April 25 when a motorcycle rider lost control of his vehicle, fell off, and was run over by a pickup, he said.
The victim, Brian Dumont, of Peachtree City, Georgia, was riding the backroads on a tour from Atlanta to Oklahoma City when he lost control of his vehicle on Wilson Golden Road.
Dickerson said a pickup driven by suspect Chester Davis Jr., 36, of New Albany, ran over Dumont after he was thrown from his motorcycle. An ambulance was called and Dumont was transported to the hospital and Davis, afterward, left the scene in his pickup, a burnt orange Avalanche, Dickerson said.
The pickup was damaged on the right-front and passenger side when the truck left the road and hit a tree during the accident.
Witnesses provided information about the vehicle allegedly driven by Davis and the vehicle was found behind a residence in the Waterford area.
“It took five days to locate and seize the vehicle,” Dickerson said.
The investigation was brought to a successful completion and a search warrant for the vehicle was issued by Judge Earnest Cunningham, he said.
The pickup was moved to two different locations after the accident in alleged attempts to avoid prosecution of the driver, Dickerson said.
Davis turned himself in to authorities at the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department on June 4. He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with injuries and was later released on $5,000 bond, the sheriff said.
As with many investigations, an anonymous tip helped investigators locate the vehicle and develop a suspect in this case, Dickerson said.
“Of course, we thank the public for having sincere interest, along with our interest, in providing the best in public safety, as was in this case and often is in many unrelated cases,” Dickerson said. “An anonymous tip helped lead to the arrest of this suspect believed to have left the scene of an accident.”
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