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TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2007

Wife aids Athens police in arrest
Husband facing hit-and-run charge

By Holly Hollman 340-2445

ATHENS — A wife helped Athens police locate her husband after a hit-and-run accident that injured a newspaper delivery woman, a captain said.

The wife contacted police, Capt. Marty Bruce said, when her husband arrived home with facial injuries.

Bruce identified the husband as Scott Francis Connell, 32, of 17074 Yancy Drive, Athens.

On Friday at 2:25 a.m., Connell allegedly was driving on U.S. 72 near Jimmy Smith Buick when he rear-ended a vehicle driven by News-Courier delivery woman Lou Ann Keyes, Bruce said.

An ambulance took Keyes to Athens-Limestone Hospital. Connell allegedly left the scene, Bruce said.

Connell's wife came to the accident scene and told officer Shelby Castro that an officer had called and told her Connell was involved, Bruce said. She told police that after she received that call, her husband came home with facial injuries.

Lt. Trevor Harris and officer Greg Parnell went to their home and found Connell passed out on the floor, Bruce said. An ambulance took Connell to the hospital.

He turned himself in to police Saturday, and authorities charged him with leaving the scene of an accident with injuries.

He is out of the Limestone County Jail on $5,000 bond.

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