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Councilman faces hit & run charges

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Posted: Apr 13, 2011 5:20 PM by Stephanie Ryan
Updated: Apr 13, 2011 6:46 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Iberville Parish Councilman, Bucket Scott, hit and run, Tyrone Lawless

PLAQUEMINE-- Iberville Parish Councilman Bucket Scott spent time behind bars Wednesday after he was charged with hit and run.

Scott made bail, but is charged with hitting Tyrone Lawless, 40, on LA 1 Monday night, then leaving the scene.

"[He] thought he hit something in that area, but pulled over, check his vehicle and left. [He] didn't know he hit a person," said Major Johnny Blanchard with the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office.

That's an unlikely story, according to the victim's sister, Linda Jackson, "If you see the bicycle, you'll wonder how he is living. Oh, he most definitely knew he hit him. He knew he hit a human being!"

Jackson believes Scott was drunk when he hit Lawless, something deputies believe was possible. They had planned on charging him with negligent injuring, but did not have enough evidence to charge him.

Blanchard said that is because deputies did not take a blood test soon enough after the crash. They did not find Scott's vehicle with damage to the front right of the vehicle until Tuesday night, when they questioned Scott.

"He left him like an animal on the side of the road," Jackson said.

Lawless will also face charges for driving on the wrong side of the road, Blanchard said, and perhaps for not wearing proper reflective gear.

Lawless is out of the hospital tonight and recovering from his injuries at home.

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