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      Man arrested after hit-and-run sends 4 to the hospital

      Jesus A. Mendez-Castaneda


      The man who police said fled from a serious traffic crash earlier this week has been arrested in Columbia.


      Thursday afternoon, Columbia Police officers arrested 25 year-old Jesus A. Mendez-Castaneda during a traffic stop in the 1300 block of Millbrook Court.


      Mendez-Castenada had injuries consistent with being in a crash and admitted he was the driver of the white truck involved in an accident Tuesday night that sent 4 people to the hospital with serious injuries.


      Mendez-Castenada was also in possession of a controlled substance at the time of his arrest.


      Mendez-Castenada was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury, second degree assault, operating a motor vehicle without a valid license, felony possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) and an immigration detainer by I.C.E., according to Columbia Police.


      He's currently being held in the Boone County Jail pending formal charges.

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