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Motorcyclist injured, man arrested for fleeing scene

31-year-old Mario Fuentes of Opelika, AL. (Source: Valley Police Department ) 31-year-old Mario Fuentes of Opelika, AL. (Source: Valley Police Department )

By Web Staff –  email

VALLEY, AL (WTVM) - Authorities in Valley, Alabama have arrested a man for allegedly fleeing the scene of an accident Sunday afternoon.

We are told around 12:15 p.m. a motorcycle and a blue Ford Econoline collided on Highway 29 near the intersection of Cusseta Road in Valley, AL.

The driver of the motorcycle, 54-year-old Allen Earls, sustained severe injuries and was flown to Columbus Regional then transported to UAB hospital.

Witnesses on the scene told officers, the van and motorcycle were traveling south on Highway 29 when the van crossed its lane of travel – striking the motorcycle.

Witnesses also told officers, the van drove off after the accident. Minutes later, authorities spotted the driver of the van, 31-year-old Mario Fuentes of Opelika, AL.

He was stopped and taken into custody for driving under in the influence, assault  and felony leaving the scene of an accident.

The van was impounded.

Fuentes is currently behind bars at the Chambers County Detention Facility. 

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