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Suspect arrested in hit-and-run of blind Salem man, guide dog

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Donald Crume. (Photo via Marion County Sheriff's Office)

Police arrested a 49-year-old Salem man Wednesday, accusing him of striking a blind man and his guide dog and then fleeing the scene.

Steve Murphy and his guide dog, Amelia, were struck by a driver near the Liberty Road and Hrubetz Road intersection in Salem Monday night. Murphy was taken to a hospital and Amelia was taken to a veterinarian clinic.

Police said they are both recovering from their injuries.

On Wednesday, police arrested Donald Crume in the crash after they said the owner of the car contacted them.

The owner told police he loaned his vehicle to Crume who returned it damaged. When the owner took it to be repaired, he was told by the repair shop that it appeared the car had struck a person.

Police said the owner contacted police, who investigated and confirmed the repair shop’s suspicions.

Officers found Crume and took him to jail. He faces charges of hit-and-run felony, hit-and-run of an animal, third-degree assault and unrelated warrants.