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Jesus Armenta busted in Federal Boulevard hit and run that caused second crash

Big photo below.
Big photo below.

Just Friday in this space, we talked about the growing epidemic of serious metro-area hit and run accidents in the context of updates on the Jenna Breen and Tim Albo crashes.

A February 11 incident continued this trend by way of a chain reaction smash-up that led to the arrest of Jesus Armenta.

According to the Denver Police Department, a Dodge Neon was traveling southbound on South Federal Boulevard at around 12:38 a.m. Saturday when it was struck from behind by a Mercury Mountaineer SUV -- contact severe enough to cause the Neon's driver to lose control. The vehicle traveled into the northbound lanes of Federal, where it was hit by a white van.

The driver and passenger of the Neon were seriously injured in the crackup. Nonetheless, Armenta fled the scene, prompting a DPD bulletin for the Mountaineer, complete with license plate info. This degree of specificity suggested that it was only a matter of time before cops would draw a bead on the SUV's registered owner -- and yesterday, the department announced that the Mountaineer was found at 2nd and Federal and Armenta had been taken into custody.

According to the Denver Post, Armenta has a previous mark on his record owing to a July 2010 arrest for disturbing the peace and misdemeanor assault. The bust reportedly earned him a one-year probationary sentence -- but the events of this weekend could score him harsher punishment.

Look below to see a larger version of Armenta's mug shot, which clearly shows what appear to be facial lacerations.

Jesus Armenta.
Jesus Armenta.

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