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Police: Driver impaired in hit-and-run near Clark HS

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An officer at the scene of a hit-and-run crash on Pennwood Avenue on May 14, 2014. (Roger Bryner/FOX5) An officer at the scene of a hit-and-run crash on Pennwood Avenue on May 14, 2014. (Roger Bryner/FOX5)

A driver accused of hitting a girl with his van in front of a Las Vegas high school and failing to stop after the crash, blew alcohol breath tests of more than twice the legal limit, an arrest report stated.

Ronald "Rufus" Martin, 63, was taken into custody Wednesday evening, several hours after a hit-and-run crash in front of Clark High School just before 2:45 p.m.

According to an arrest report written by Las Vegas Metro police, a gold van going northbound on Arville Street near Pennwood Avenue hopped a curb and struck the girl on the sidewalk.

A driver managed to follow the van after it failed to stop at the crash and recorded the vehicle's license plate, police said.

Police were able to track down the van's registered owner to an apartment complex in northwest Las Vegas. Police said the owner, a woman, told them her husband, Martin, left their residence drunk earlier that day.

In a phone call in the presence of officers, Martin's wife learned he was just downstairs from their apartment. Police then observed Martin attempting to flee in the van into another apartment complex, documents stated.

Officers were able to track down Martin and take him into custody.

In documents, Martin told police he did not remember being involved in an accident. In addition, police said Martin showed multiple signs of impairment during his field sobriety test.

Martin registered blood alcohol concentration results of 0.203 and 0.207 when he took two Breathalyzer tests, the arrest report stated. The legal limit in Nevada is 0.08.

Investigators also stated Martin's van showed signs of a curb strike as well as fibers that were consistent with the girl's clothing at the time of the crash.

Martin was booked into Clark County Detention Center on felony hit-and-run and misdemeanor driving under the influence charges. Martin was slated to appear in court on Friday.

The girl involved in the incident was treated at University Medical Center with a fracture in her leg, police said.

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