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Motorist charged in hit-and-run


Staff Writer


State troopers said late Monday they’ve made an arrest in connection with a hit-and-run incident early Saturday northeast of Lincolnton.

Troopers charged Dalton Keith Marlow, 20, of Lincolnton, for allegedly driving through two residential properties and colliding with two vehicles parked in a driveway on Shuford Lane.

Authorities said the suspect admitted to his involvement in the hit-and-run and claimed he fled the scene because he was scared.

According to Trooper K. M. Adkins with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the incidents occurred sometime between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. Saturday 

Adkins said the suspect was traveling north on Shuford Road, near Amy Drive, when his vehicle ran off the roadway and hit the parked vehicles, causing significant damage.

Marlow’s 2011 Ford Mustang sustained significant damage to its front right side, troopers noted.

“I’m surprised the vehicle was still driveable,” Adkins said.

Troopers initially sought the public’s help in locating the suspect, but after following up on a tip, Adkins said he discovered the suspect’s wrecked vehicle behind a residence on James Carpenter Road.

Marlow has been charged with one count each of reckless driving, hit-and-run and speeding too fast for conditions. He received a $1,000 unsecured bond.

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