UPDATE: State Police Arrest Suspected Hit-and-run Driver

DUNMORE, Pa. -- Police have picked up the driver they believe hit and injured a motorcyclist on Interstate 81 Tuesday afternoon.

Troopers were called to a busy construction zone along Interstate 81 north in Dunmore around 1 p.m. Witnesses said that a gray sedan switching lanes hit a motorcycle and drove off.

Those witnesses caught the car’s plate number and a description with enough information that troopers put it out on the police radio asking other departments to look out for the car.

Soon after, troopers swarmed the Big Lots parking lot just off the highway in Dunmore where a Ford Focus fitting the description was parked. It had damage to the rear passenger side. Red pieces of plastic were missing matching pieces spotted at the scene of the crash.

Late Tuesday afternoon, state police took Michael Gray, 35, of Kittanning, Pennsylvania, into custody on suspicion of DUI.

The victim, Kevin Green, 46, of Scranton was taken to a hospital. There is no word on his condition.

 

Bill Hessmiller of Dunmore was there when troopers surrounded the car in the parking lot. Once he learned why the troopers were interested in the car, he worried for the motorcycle rider.

"I have a motorcycle myself and I know the biggest problem is watching out more for the other people than yourself. And you never know, for a coward to hit somebody and not stop to help somebody and just take off, leave them, not knowing what condition they are, they're a coward."

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