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Hit-and-run suspect flees, caught

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A Gallup man was jailed Sept. 3 on a $10,000 bond after a hit and run following an accident along the Miyamura Overpass, officials said.

Gallup Police Department Officer Ryan Blackgoat wrote in a report that Gregory Lee, 40, left the scene of an accident and  became belligerent once he was caught in Indian Hills.

Lee was charged with assault upon a peace officer; resisting, evading or obstructing an officer; driving on a suspended license; and driving under the influence of alcohol.

“The subject refused to stop, only at signs but not to my announcements and sirens,” Blackgoat recorded. “As I was making my announcements the driver would put his hand, with his middle finger in the air waving at me.”

Blackgoat was ultimately able to stop Lee and a female passenger at a residence. He drew his service revolver and tased Lee.

During the ordeal, Lee appeared intoxicated and repeatedly ignored police commands. He shouted profanities at Blackgoat and denied involvement in the accident.

“The subject denied being in any accidents and then changed his story saying he was not driving and that the actual driver ran off…” Blackgoat wrote.

Lee was no longer in custody Sept. 13, according to jail records. There was no attorney listed for Lee in jail records.

By Bernie Dotson

Sun Correspondent