Contact: Sergeant Joe Bernhard
Columbia Police Department
Public Relations Unit/Mounted Unit supervisor
SUSPECT IN ASH/RIDGEWAY HIT AND RUN ACCIDENT ARRESTED
On 08-15-13, at approximately 2:30 P.M., a Columbia Police Department officer arrested Jesus A. Mendez-Castaneda, 25, after a traffic stop in the 1300 block of Millbrook Court. Officers had received a report he was in the area. Mendez-Castenada had been developed as a suspect in the case. Mendez-Castenada had injuries consistent with being in a crash and admitted he was the driver of the white truck involved. Mendez-Castenada was also in possession of a controlled substance at the time of his arrest.
Mendez-Castenada was charged with the following:
-Felony leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury, bond $4,500
-4 counts of Second Degree Assault, bond $18,000
-Operated m/v without a valid license, bond $300
-Felony possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), bond $4,500
-An immigration detainer by I.C.E, no bond
Case numbers 2013-009393 and 2013-009473.