23-year-old Charleston man facing charges after hit-and-run in Morgan

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MORGAN — Police say a 23-year-old man from Charleston was involved in a hit-and-run on Wednesday, leading police on a search that ended in some woods near the crash scene.

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Taylor Parenteau, 23, of Charleston, is facing charges of leaving the scene of an accident and negligent operation, following the incident.

At around 6:20 p.m. state troopers and Orleans County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report that a truck operating at a high rate of speed had struck another truck which was parked on Dumas Road in Morgan.

It was reported that the driver then fled the scene.

Upon arrival, police say signs were observed that the vehicle had been operating recklessly for a significant distance on Hayward Road and Dumas Road before striking the parked truck.

Witnesses told police they attempted to follow the driver but he had fled on foot through a nearby field.

A K-9 unit was deployed in the area to track the suspect, which led police through the field to a wooded area.

Parenteau was located in the woods after a brief search.

He was detained and released with a citation to appear in court for suspicion of leaving the scene of an accident and negligent operation.

According to police, the crash investigation revealed that Parenteau had been “driving at an imprudent speed,” when he lost control around a corner, “striking the victim’s parked truck before leaving the roadway and coming to a point of uncontrolled rest in a ditch.”

The truck Parenteau hit is reported to have been owned by William Manning, 72, of Island Pond.

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