Police make arrest in hit-and-run

Clovis police said they were able to find and arrest a city man involved in a hit-and run-crash Wednesday after one of the motorists witnessing the accident followed the driver and alerted dispatch by cell phone.

No one was injured in the crash.

The man was cited for aggravated driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of a crash, child abuse and several other traffic violations, according to police spokesman Capt. Patrick Whitney.

Whitney said there were two children, ages 3 and 9, in the pickup the man was driving that made an illegal turn in front of oncoming traffic and was struck at 21st and Sycamore streets about 5:37 p.m. The driver of the pickup fled, but was followed by a witness until police could intercept in the 100 block of West Manana, Whitney said.

The driver stated he drove away from the scene because he did not have insurance, according to Whitney. He appeared intoxicated to the officer.

Whitney said the man blew a .21 blood-alcohol concentration when tested, more than twice the legal limit.

After he was arrested at the scene, the man's children were released to an uncle, according to Whitney.

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