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Driver sought in Cortez hit-and-run; two vehicles damaged in other incidents

Arrest warrant issued in one of three of hit-and-runs reported in Cortez

A man in a black Acura rear-ended a gold Chevrolet Tahoe and left the scene Sept. 25 just after 10 a.m., according to Cortez police.

The Tahoe’s rear bumper was damaged in the collision at the intersection of Beech and Main streets.

The Tahoe was eastbound in the construction zone when a black car struck its rear and pulled over into the left turn lane.

The black car, later identified as an Acura, proceeded to turn right onto South Beech Street.

The driver of the Tahoe was taken to Southwest Memorial Hospital for neck pain. Emergency room staff later said he had no injuries.

A witness said the black car drove away with significant damage to its front end. The witness followed the vehicle and was able to get its plate number. Police found the car to be registered to Cortez resident Tim Wright.

An officer went to Wright’s home, but neither he nor the vehicle was there, according to the incident report from the Cortez Police Department. After speaking to Wright’s father, the officer attempted to telephone Wright, but he hung up after the officer asked for his name. A second call was unanswered.

The next day, the officer called Wright again. Wright said he had left his keys in his car the previous day and had returned home from a bike ride to see his vehicle damaged. He said someone might have taken it.

Wright said he hung up on the officer the previous day because he was working on his friend’s truck, and had been debating whether to contact him, he told the officer.

Wright did not answer when asked if he had hit another vehicle and fled the scene, and the officer informed him that he was being issued a citation for operating an uninsured motor vehicle, driving a motor/off highway vehicle with a suspended license, careless driving and failing to give information and aid after damaging another vehicle.

Wright told the officer he wasn’t sure that he would go to the police department to claim the ticket. When the officer visited Wright’s house, he could speak only with his father.

Wright’s father showed the officer the black Acura on the property, and the officer confirmed it was the vehicle suspected in the hit-and-run.

The officer instructed Wright’s father that Wright had until the end of the day to go to the police department for a citation, or face an arrest warrant.

Wright did not show up at the police station, and now faces a warrant for his arrest, Assistant Police Chief Andy Brock said Friday.

Parked vehicles

Also on Sept. 25, a woman reported damage to her Toyota Tundra, suspected to be from a hit-and-run, but did not know where or when the incident occurred. The rear and front right fenders showed damage and white paint transfer.

The next day, Sept. 26, a hit-and-run was thought to have occurred on the 10 block of South Market Street after a man returned to his parked rental car after visiting a restaurant and found it to be damaged. The responding officer observed a blue front bumper in the roadway directly behind the vehicle, thought to be from a sedan. The man said he parked the vehicle about 7:30 p.m. and returned to it about 8:47 p.m.

On Friday, Brock said he had no new case information for either incident.

The three hit-and-run cases follow a Sept. 16 hit-and-run and resulting high-speed chase.

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