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Carbondale Police search for a hit and run suspect

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The Carbondale Police Department is looking for a suspect wanted for a hit and run this past weekend.

Just before 4 a.m. on Sunday, officers monitored a gathering of 250 to 300 people in the parking lot of a business in the 300 block of East Walnut Street.

Soon after a fight broke out, the driver of a white SUV attempted to flee and crashed into other vehicles and ran into one person in the process.

The crowd then began hitting the car with items as the driver attempted to drive away. Several individuals in the crowd opened the driver’s door and attempted to pull the female driver out of the car.

Officers broke up the crowd with pepper spray and the driver fled the scene. Officers found it crashed on Illinois Route 13 near Pin Oak Drive.

The suspect fled from the vehicle on foot and was not located. The driver is described as a black female in her early 20's.

The individual struck by the car appeared to have a minor injury, but he refused to cooperate with officers and declined medical treatment.

Anyone with information about the suspect is encouraged to contact Carbondale Police or Crime Stoppers at (618) 549-COPS.

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