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HIT-AND-RUN: Mingo Snowmobiler Arrested

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The Jasper County sheriff’s department has caught up with a Mingo man accused of running another man over with a snowmobile and seriously injuring him.

Jacob Reed is charged with leaving the scene of an accident and reckless driving.

“The victim identified the operator, knows who the operator was and our investigation corroborated that so yes, we’re certain of the operator, the identity of the operator of the snowmobile,” Sheriff John Halferty said.

Investigators say Reed was riding his snowmobile on the street near the corner of West Main Street and Walnut when he struck 45-year old Charles McNamara, seriously hurting him.

Police say Reed initially stopped to help but then took off.

“The operator did stop, checked on the victim and the victim asked the operator to call for help,” Sheriff Halferty explained. “The operator then left the area, later returned in his vehicle and tried to help the victim into the car.  The victim said ‘I don’t want any help from you.  I want medical treatment.’”

Residents heard McNamara screaming for help and called authorities.

Police believe he may have been outside in the snow for as long as a half an hour before he was helped.

McNamara remains hospitalized in a serious condition.

Reed was released on $2,000 bond.

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