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Carter arrested in hit-and-run case

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Another sought in the case

By Calen McKinney

 

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Suspected of hitting a woman and her child with his car, Dustin Carter now sits in the Taylor County Detention Center.

Carter, 23, of 467 Noe Road in Campbellsville, was arrested Tuesday afternoon after police asked the previous day for help finding him.

According to a Campbellsville Police news release, Carter was involved in a hit-and-run automobile collision on South Central Avenue on Monday at about 2:40 p.m.

When officers arrived at the scene, Ashley Williams told them that she was talking to Carter in his vehicle in the Puff N Chew parking lot. After the conversation ended, Carter backed his vehicle and struck her and her 18-month-old child, Williams said.

The vehicle, a 2008 Honda sedan, was abandoned at the scene after Carter fled on foot. An unknown passenger, a black male in his early 20s who goes by the nickname D, also fled the scene. Police are still trying to identify him and are asking that anyone with information about him contact them.

A third passenger, Tabetha Carter, remained at the scene, according to the report, and was arrested on outstanding warrants.

Campbellsville/Taylor County EMS personnel treated Williams and the child at the scene. Their injuries were non-life threatening. The two were transported to Taylor Regional Hospital for further treatment. No information was available as to their condition as press time.

Campbellsville Police Chief Tim Hazlette said Carter was arrested Tuesday at about 4:30 p.m. Deputy Chief Patricia Thompson said he was given the opportunity to talk to police but refused.

She said police received an anonymous tip of where Carter might be found, and when police arrived, he was at that location and taken into custody.

Thompson said evidence has led police to believe Carter was under the influence of drugs when he struck Williams.

She said any help residents can offer to identify the second passenger will be appreciated.

"We're convinced we have the driver, but we want to know why he fled," she said.

Carter's vehicle is being held as evidence.

Thompson said Carter has been charged with two counts of first-degree assault, a Class B felony punishable by as much as 20 years in prison. More charges are pending.

The case against Carter will proceed to a Taylor County grand jury for possible indictment.

Anyone with information about the passenger in Carter's vehicle, who is being considered a person of interest in the case, is asked to contact Campbellsville Police at (270) 465-4122 or on the anonymous PRIDE line at (270) 469-7743.