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Worth deputies arrest Thomas Harold Duncan Jr. for hit and run

ALBANY — With law enforcement in three counties barking at his heels, a Coolidge man turned himself in for a Monday hit-and-run crash into two Sylvester bicyclists.

Thomas Harold Duncan Jr., 48, of Coolidge, surrendered at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Worth County Sheriff Freddie Tompkins said. Duncan was charged with hit and run and released on $5,000 bail.

“We were flooded with calls sending us looking for the white bread truck involved in the crash,” Tompkins said. “When I was 50 feet away from the truck, I recognized it immediately.”

The truck, similar to those used to deliver bread to convenience stores, was found in Thomas County, Tompkins said, noting that a Colquitt County Sheriff’s deputy pointed him to a Thomas County deputy and the truck.

Duncan drove the truck that struck Pricilla Carter while she bicycled with Cindy Cochran, Tompkins said. The crash inflicted bruises, abrasions and a 6-inch laceration to Carter’s left hip.

Cochran received a bash from the truck’s mirror but did not suffer major injury, Tompkins said.

“I was just at Carter’s house to tell her we got the man,” Tompkins said. “She is all right, happy we got him.”

Duncan said he dozed off, thought he hit a deer and just kept driving north on State Highway 33, Tompkins said. Finding Duncan was the result of a cooperative effort between a few law enforcement agencies.

Tompkins gave a tip of his hat to the Georgia State Patrol, Sylvester Police, and Colquitt, Thomas and Worth county deputies.