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Madison Police Arrest Woman In Connection With Hit-and-Run

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) - Madison Police arrested 26-year-old Bethany Paige Schrimsher in connection with a Monday morning hit-and-run involving a bicyclist.

Police say Schrimsher hit 20-year-old Richard Claus II at 4 a.m. Monday on Madison Boulevard near Research Park Boulevard.

A police say a tipster led them to the information needed to secure the arrest. Madison Police Captain John Stringer said it all comes down to trust and the relationship with the community the police department continues to foster.

Investigators say Schrimsher then drove off without stopping to help Claus.  Detectives received a tip Monday night that led them to Schrimsher.

"A citizen trusts us to be able to call in, provide us with information and know that we're going to take that information and use it responsibly. And when someone asks us to remain anonymous, they know we are going to do our best to keep the source of the information confidential."

Police located Schrimsher and her vehicle, a maroon Toyota Camry, at a house in Madison County.

"We are going to help the victim and the victim's family gain closure on this." Captain Stringer says beyond justice being served, the family's peace-of-mind is a bonus in this case.

"They don't have to spend that time wondering where the person who struck their son is. They don't have to spend their time wondering whether an arrest is going to be made or if justice is going to be served."

Schrimsher is charged with Felony Leaving the Scene of an Accident.  She bonded out of the Madison County Jail Tuesday afternoon.