Police arrest suspect in Provo hit-and-run incident

Published: Wednesday, March 21 2012 10:51 a.m. MDT

PROVO — A man accused of running into a Provo dispatcher and leaving the scene of the crash turned himself in to police Tuesday.

Michael L. Roubideaux, 32, was arrested for investigation of leaving the scene of accident with injuries, not having a driver's license and reckless driving, Provo Police Sgt. Mathew Siufanua said. Police asked for help finding Roubideaux the day after the March 19 incident, when the victim and witnesses identified him as a suspect.

Roubideaux turned himself in the same day, stating that media reports played a large part in his decision to go to police, Siufanua said.

Roubideaux apparently frequented the gas station where the incident took place. Siufanua said the suspect vehicle initially stopped in front of the female dispatcher and her car. As she was walking from the gas pumps to the store, the vehicle backed into her.

"The victim held on to the bumper to avoid the tires," Siufanua said. "She was dragged for approximately 10 to 15 feet."

The woman was transported to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center. The injuries she sustained were not considered life-threatening, but police said she continues to seek treatment from doctors.

"She's still really sore," Siufanua said Wednesday. "She took a beating on her back."

Emiley Morgan

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