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By Andrew Christiansen

Hit-and-run driver arrested in city


A backing mistake at the Mt. View Shell station on Sunday turned into a hit and run case and pictures taken by the victim helped make the arrest.

The incident occurred around 12:20 p.m. on Sunday. According to the report, Lester Howtopat finished gassing his 2004 Honda Civic and backed up into a Honda CRV parked behind him. The two drivers moved their cars to the north side of the store and discussed the situation. The report says that Howtopat wanted to settle the matter over damage to the CRV on a personal basis, and the other driver insisted that the police needed to be called. The report says Howtopat then returned to his car and drove away.

The alleged victim photographed Howtopat ge...

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