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Police Arrest Suspected Hit-and-Run Driver Who Deliberately Crashed Into Woman Sleeping in Tent

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The Los Angeles Police Department have announced the arrest of a suspect in the Sunday morning hit-and-run incident that left a woman seriously injured.

43-year-old Arturo Betanzos of L.A. was taken into police custody early Wednesday morning for his alleged role in the accident, which reportedly followed an altercation.

The incident involved an argument between occupants of a tent on Towne Avenue between 4th and 5th streets. Betanzos allegedly retaliated against the people in the tent by driving deliberately into the shelter, striking a sleeping 50-year-old woman who had not been involved in the fight.

Betanzos was driving a black 1997 Pontiac Grand AM, say the LAPD. He failed to stop and render aid to the victim and identify himself as required by law.

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The suspect has been booked for Felony Hit and Run and is being held on $50,000 bail.