Police arrest suspect in hit and run dragging

Posted at 12:45 PM, Mar 05, 2012
and last updated 2012-03-05 12:50:23-05

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - Richmond police have arrested the man they believe is responsible for last month's hit and run dragging incident in the city's southside.

James E. Williams Jr., 52, of Orcutt Lane, was arraigned Monday morning and charged with felony hit and run.

Police said shortly after 8 p.m. on Feb. 20 police were called the 2000 block of Kimrod Road after witnesses saw a man lying in the road.

When officers arrived they discovered a 21-year-old man had been struck by a car and dragged at least 1,000 feet. He survived but sustained life-threatening injuries and remains in an area hospital where he is recovering.

Investigators said they received just one tip from a person who said they saw a car leaking anti-freeze and thought it was odd.

Police say the tipster apologized to detectives for "bothering" them with what they considered to be "useless" information. But investigators said it was that tip that lead them to Williams.

Williams has been released on his own recognizance.