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Mingo man arrested for December hit-and-run with snowmobile

Published: Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 7:25 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 1:32 p.m. CST

A Mingo man was arrested Saturday at his home following the investigation of a December hit-and-run involving a snowmobile that struck and severely injured a pedestrian.

Jacob Russell Reed, 36, of Mingo was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident causing serious injury, an aggravated misdemeanor, and reckless driving, a serious misdemeanor. He was taken to the Jasper County Jail, where he was still being held Monday morning in lieu of $2,000 bond.

The Jasper County Sheriff's Office announced Friday evening an arrest warrant had been issued for Reed after it was discovered he had been driving a snowmobile that struck Charles McNamara, 45, also of Mingo. McNamara's injuries were described as "severe."

Deputies were called to the intersection of West Main Street and North Walnut in Mingo at approximately 10:39 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, for a hit-and-run accident. Upon arrival, they discovered McNamara laying along the side of the road.

Medical assistance was rendered by the Colfax and Mingo Fire Departments. Meanwhile, law enforcement began conducting an investigation into the incident, which quickly revealed the snowmobile operator had briefly checked on McNamara's condition, then left the scene.

"Residents in the area, heard McNamara calling for help, and found him severely injured," Halferty said this morning. "During the investigation, it was determined that Reed was the operator of the snowmobile. Several attempts were made to interview him, however Sheriff’s deputies were unable to do so.  An arrest warrant was requested for Reed."

Online court records show Reed has a handful of misdemeanor driving offenses.

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