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Teen arrested after motor vehicle crash


January 20, 2018

CLOVIS — One teenager was hospitalized and another arrested Friday after a motor vehicle versus pedestrian crash late in the morning in northwest Clovis, according to a Clovis Police Department news release.

John Smart, 18, was arrested and charged with aggravated battery, a third-degree felony, after officers found him on the 200 block of Sunland Drive following a crash a quarter-mile up the road that sent a 19-year old to Plains Regional Medical Center.

Police said Smart was “pacing on property near the vehicle” when located, soon before officers interviewed him and identified him as the driver of the suspect vehicle.

CPD Capt. Roman Romero said the male victim, who was not identified, was still in PRMC on Friday evening. Romero did not have an update on injuries, but said the victim would have been transported to Lubbock if they were life-threatening.


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