Suspect arrested in deadly Butler Co. hit and run crash

Published: Aug. 17, 2011 at 1:45 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 17, 2011 at 4:33 PM CDT
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Cletis W. Powell Jr (Source: Butler Co. Sheriff's Office)
Cletis W. Powell Jr (Source: Butler Co. Sheriff's Office)

POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) - Police have arrested a suspect in a hit and run crash that killed an 18-year-old Sunday night.

According to Missouri Highway Patrol, Cletis W. Powell Jr., 35, of Neelyville is charged with leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident.

Alexander Metzing, 18, from Poplar Bluff was riding a scooter on MO Hwy. 142 three miles south of Poplar Bluff at Half Moon Lane around 9:50 p.m. Sunday.

Investigators say Metzing was slowing down to make a right turn when he was hit from behind by a dark blue truck. Metzing was killed in the crash.

Powell was arrested Tuesday at 11 p.m.

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