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Man arrested in connection with Raleigh hit-and-run

Posted August 28, 2015
Updated August 30, 2015

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— Raleigh police arrested a Wendell man in connection with a hit-and-run crash that involved a police cruiser near the intersection of Wake Forest Road and St. Alban's Drive at about 5:15 a.m. Friday morning.

Atlas Antonio Kelly, 51, was taken into custody at his home later Friday morning, according to authorities.

Officials found Kelly's silver Dodge Charger on a ramp at the interchange connecting Interstate 440 and New Bern Avenue.

Authorities said Kelly ran a red light, hit another car and then hit a police cruiser. When Kelly fled the scene, the car's door and bumper were left behind.

Kelly was charged with four offenses: Felony hit-and-run, red light violation, exceeding posted speed limit and driving with a revoked license. He is currently being held at the Wake County Detention Center, according to police.

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  • Reginald Denny Aug 29, 2015
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    "Raleigh police arrested a Wendell man in connection with a hit-and-fun that involved a police cruiser near the intersection of Wake Forest Road and St. Alban's Drive at about 5:15 a.m. Friday morning."

    I'll bet he was having fun before he was arrested.

  • Reginald Denny Aug 29, 2015
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    Yeah, big surprise here. *eye roll*

  • Scott Bannerman Aug 28, 2015
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    My Dad was driving the 1st car that was hit. He told me the driver of the Charger stopped after hitting the patrol car long enough for the police officer to go over to the Charger and ask if he was ok. Shortly after that he sped away. My Dad just had a couple of minor cuts, and is ok, Sadly my folks had only had their new car for several months. Time to get a new one...again..

  • Djofraleigh Anderson Aug 28, 2015
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    Chargers are the #1 car I see speeding from behind me, changing lanes quickly and often, then as they pass me and go on doing the same on down the road, I think about why this car is so often THE car? Maybe they are hemi's and just that fast. The NCHP uses them. People buy Chargers for a reason, and its not the same one people buy a Volvo. Something to do with attitude and self image, I suspect.

  • John Malcholm Aug 28, 2015
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    Thing is, even if he was impaired, he's now escalated it from a hefty fine to jail time and fines.
    Of course if it was stolen, running just added SERIOUS time to the crime.

  • Chase Truman Aug 28, 2015
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    Shouldn't take long for the person to get caught once they take their car in for repairs.

  • Chip Dipson Aug 28, 2015
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    Doesn't really give a lot of confidence in the build quality of a Charger if AN ENTIRE DOOR FALLS OFF

  • George Orwell Aug 28, 2015
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    Only if the vehicle is legally registered. You would be surprised by the number of license plates that get stolen in mall parking lots.

  • Dennis Midkiff Aug 28, 2015
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    Most body panels have the VIN stamped on them. He's screwed.