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Hit &Run Driver Arrested

Post Date:10/16/2017 4:12 PM

The Appleton Police Department located and arrested a driver responsible for a hit and run to a pedestrian near Lawrence University on Saturday night.
On October 14, 2017, at approximately 11:28 PM, officers of the Appleton Police Department responded to reports of a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle at the intersection of E. College Avenue and N. Lawe Street. Witnesses said the victim was dragged underneath a truck, which had turned onto eastbound E. College Avenue from northbound S. Lawe Street.

A 20 year-old female, who is a Lawrence University Student, was located at the scene.  She told officers a truck had hit her and continued to drag her underneath the vehicle. She rolled out from under the vehicle and ended up in the roadway.  The victim stated a male party had exited the truck and had asked her if she was okay.  The victim told the person she was injured and needed him to call 911.  Despite her injuries and requests for help, the driver returned to the vehicle and left eastbound on E. College Avenue.   

The injured pedestrian, who was not intoxicated or distracted when the incident occurred, was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries. Her injuries are not life threatening; however, they are significant including broken bones and severe abrasions. 

Officers accessed video of the crash to assist in locating the vehicle, which was registered to a person in Kimberly. A patrol officer checking roadways leading toward Kimberly, came upon the vehicle on E. Newberry Street and N. Kensington Drive.  He initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver, who was alone in the vehicle, submitted to Field Sobriety Testing.  He failed to pass the tests and was taken into physical custody.

Justin T. Jorgensen (M/W, 01/10/1985) of Kimberly, was confined at the Outagamie County Jail on a felony charge of Hit and Run Causing Great Bodily Harm.  He was also arrested for 1st Offense OMVWI.  He will make an initial appearance in court later today.

Justin Jorgensen - Hit and Run - October 14, 2017

For additional information, please contact Sgt. Dave Lund at (920) 832-5509.

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