Man charged in hit and run

Published 4:57 pm Tuesday, August 10, 2021

A Middlesboro man is facing charges including assault and tampering with physical evidence after allegedly being involved in a hit and run incident.

Rickey Fesler, 51, was arrested on Monday.

According to a press release, at approximately 9 a.m. on Monday, police responded to a call of a pedestrian being struck and injured by a vehicle at the intersection of Cumberland Avenue and 30th Street. Officers arrived at the scene and located an elderly woman lying in the roadway unconscious. Witnesses told police a maroon minivan had struck the elderly female then fled the scene. Witnesses stated the vehicle possibly had a for sale sign in the rear window and left the scene headed east on Cumberland Avenue. The driver was later identified as Fesler.

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Middlesboro City Police Officer Dakota Torstrick charged Fesler with first-degree assault, tampering with physical evidence (two counts), possession of marijuana, operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license, possession of drug paraphernalia, leaving the scene of an accident/failure to render aid or assistance and failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance.

Fessler was lodged in the Bell County Detention Center.