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Follow-up investigation to hit-and-run accident leads to arrest

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COLLEGE STATION - Surveillance video connected to a hit-and-run accident that happened earlier this month has led to the driver's arrest.

On August 5th at around 7:09 a.m., dispatchers with the College Station Police Department received a call from an individual named Denson Martin who said that he had hit someone and that he thought it was a deer. Officers responded to meet with Martin and found a red 1994 Ford Thunderbird that had new damage to the right front, consistent with striking a soft object.

An investigator with the CSPD Criminal Investigation Division met with Martin and was told that he (Martin) was driving north on Holleman Drive South around the time of the reported accident. He said that another vehicle was traveling south with its bright lights on. Martin said that at that time, due to the bright lights, he struck what he first believed was a deer. He said that when the object flew into the air and over his vehicle he then realized that he had struck a person. Martin said that he did stop to check on the victim but he could not call 911 because he did not have a phone. Martin said that he told the victim he was going to go for help and he drove to the Rattler's Country store located at 2050 Holleman Drive West. He said that he stopped at the store and yelled for the clerk to call 911. He said that he went back to his vehicle and returned to an apartment where he told his friends what had happened.

The investigator obtained surveillance video from Rattler's Country Store. The video did not show Martin's vehicle at the store and it did not show Martin enter the store any time around the time of the accident.

Based on the information gathered, investigators were able to obtain a warrant for Martin's arrest on August 8th. On August 10th, at approximately 12:05 PM Martin was arrested by deputies with the Walker County Sheriff's Office. He is charged with Failure to Stop and Render Aid, a 3rd degree felony.