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Failure to stop after apparent hit-and-run leads to more charges

Failing to stop after a vehicle accident led to additional charges against an Independence County woman.

In the police report, deputies from the Independence County Sheriff’s Department explained what happened.

Chief Deputy Aaron Moody, who was at Patterson Auto Sales with other officers about another incident, noted he saw a passenger car go by, traveling in the center of the roadway, with a flat tire on the front driver’s side and severe damage to the driver’s side front.

After stopping the vehicle on Carlisle Street, Moody identified the driver as Candace Sanders, 28, and the vehicle she was driving, a 2014 Nissan Versa, was suspected of being involved in a hit-and-run traffic accident, the report said.

After determining the Versa was the vehicle involved, it was also discovered that Sanders did not have vehicle insurance. Moody said during the investigation, Sanders became irate, using profanities while standing in the roadway. The chief deputy quieted that eruption and sent Sanders to the hospital to be checked. The hospital kept Sanders for observation, and Moody cited her with disorderly conduct, driving on a suspended driver’s license, no liability insurance, and driving left of center.

Later in the day, Moody was contacted about Sanders being unruly at the hospital. The chief deputy said in the report that he arrived to find Sanders being unruly and rude with bystanders and hospital staff.

After several attempts to bring Sanders under control, Moody had to forcefully place her under arrest, according to the report. She was taken to the Independence County Detention Facility and cited with two more violations: disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Her court date was set for March 18.

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