After a late-night hit-and-run downtown left a man fighting for his life Thursday, the Tuscaloosa Police Department has apprehended a suspect in the case.

The Tuscaloosa Thread reported that the incident happened in Tuscaloosa's Temerson Square. The victim is currently at DCH Regional Medical Center facing "life-threatening injuries."

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Officers responded to the hit-and-run near the 2300 block of Fourth Street just after 10 p.m. Thursday. According to a Friday update on TPD's Facebook page, witnesses reported "seeing a white mini-van strike the victim then speed away, heading east on Fourth Street."

A tip led investigators to the home of Charles Bell, 61, of Duncanville. Upon arrival a little after 2 a.m., officers found the minivan with a broken windshield.


Chief Brent Blankley worked with TPD's Accident Reconstruction Unit to take Bell into custody, get him checked out at DCH, then transport him to the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Office.

The Facebook post also disclosed that Bell shoved an investigator during his interview. That act alone got him a misdemeanor harassment charge. Bell is currently being held at the Tuscaloosa County Jail on a $500 bond.

Bell will likely face several charges related to the incident, though they have not yet been disclosed.

The Tuscaloosa Thread will provide more details regarding this case as they become available.

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