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Witness to Sauk County hit and run on bicyclist arrested as suspect driver

Witness to Sauk County hit and run on bicyclist arrested as suspect driver

Sauk County Sheriff squad car

A man who called 911 as a witness to a hit-and-run crash was arrested after Sauk County deputies determined he allegedly was the driver of the vehicle that struck a bicyclist.

Charles Arndt, 29, of Prairie du Sac, was taken into custody Friday morning on a tentative charge of felony hit and run causing injury, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The crash happened at about 7:50 a.m. Thursday on Highway PF at Rahl Road, about two miles west of Highway 12.

The 44-year-old woman from Prairie du Sac who was riding the bicycle was first taken to Sauk Prairie Hospital, then to UW Hospital.

According to the report, Arndt was one of several people who called 911 to report the crash. He told authorities the suspect vehicle was a red Ford Ranger pickup truck.

“Arndt was operating a black Ford Ranger at the time of the crash,” said Sheriff Chip Meister. “Deputies found damage on Arndt’s vehicle consistent with injuries sustained by the bicyclist and with evidence left at the scene.”

In 2007, Arndt was found guilty of misdemeanor hit and run causing injury in Sauk County, court records show.

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