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DECATUR — A Decatur man is facing multiple preliminary charges after police said he fled the scene of a hit-and-run crash and endangered the lives of a baby and a 9-year-old boy.

Sgt. Brian Earles with Decatur police said the crash happened just after 5 p.m. Friday near the intersection of East Maryland Heights Road and North Water Street.

Two vehicles were in a collision, and Earles said the 21-year-old man's car then fled the scene but was soon pulled over by a police patrol. Earles said a woman was sitting in the driver’s seat, but an investigation by a police officer determined the man had been driving at the time of the crash.

The baby, younger than 12 months, was secured in a proper seat, but the older boy was not properly restrained, Earles said.

“The officer also noticed the distinct, strong smell of burned cannabis coming from the vehicle, and he also smelled alcohol in addition to the cannabis," Earles said.

The 21-year-old man was booked on preliminary charges of driving under the influence, aggravated DUI, endangering the life and health of a child and driving while license revoked. He was also charged with failing to use due care, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to give aid or information after an accident and failure to report an accident to police.

All preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State’s Attorney’s Office.

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Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid


Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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