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Hit-and-run driver racks up damage in Lexington

Published on September 7, 2018 3:21PM

LEXINGTON — The Morrow County Sheriff’s Office reported one man was behind multiple hit-and-run crashes early Friday in Lexington.

The residents of 66790 Marquardt Road, Lexington, called 911 at 2:31 a.m. and reported a vehicle crashed into their house. Dispatchers sent fire and ambulance from Heppner along with the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office to the scene. The ambulance took the driver, Jesus Garcia, 23, of Echo, to Pioneer Memorial Hospital, Heppner.

The sheriff’s dispatch at 6:37 a.m. received a call from the Morrow County Grain Growers in Lexington, which reported reporting someone drove through the gates, hit a parked car and left behind the license plate from the vehicle they were driving. The sheriff’s office reported that plate was from the vehicle Garcia crashed.

Less than 20 minutes later, a caller reported a vehicle drove through the residence at 350 W. Clay St. in Lexington just prior to 2:30 a.m. and left toward Hermiston.

The sheriff’s office reported Garcia was the suspect in each crash and the investigation is continuing.


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