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Alleged hit-and-run drivers nabbed

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office has tracked down two alleged hit-and-run drivers this week due to quick-thinking witnesses obtaining tag numbers of the fleeing vehicles.

A man was driving near the intersection of Home Place Drive and Clover Valley Drive around noon Monday when he was struck by a gold Pontiac Grand Prix.

According to the NCSO incident report, the victim said he was traveling west on Home Place Drive, when the driver of the Pontiac pulled out of Clover Valley Drive in front of him. He said the right side of the suspect vehicle's front bumper struck his driver's side rear door.

"The other vehicle jumped the curb and came to a stop in the yard directly across from Clover Valley Drive," the report states.

The victim said the driver and his passenger got out of the vehicle and he heard one of them say, "Don't call the police," and both fled the scene on foot.

NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell said a witness was able to furnish the tag number of the Pontiac and contact was made with the owner. Mitchell said an investigation revealed that the owner's 15-year-old brother took the car without his permission and he and a friend went out joyriding.

The 15-year-old juvenile was charged with theft by taking, leaving the scene of an accident, driving without a license and failure to yield after stopping at a stop sign.

The next day, a Tennessee man was hit near the intersection of Ga. Highway 212 and Ga. Highway 81.

"A witness was able to give us the tag information. We went to the house, located the car, located the suspect and he was arrested," Mitchell said.

Donald Duty, 55, 275 White Birch Drive, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident.

Mitchell said it was a two-vehicle accident and no injuries were reported.