Though police know who was driving the white Chevrolet pickup truck that struck and killed a 14-year-old boy on George shortly after dark on Thursday, they probably won't make an arrest for at least a few months.
Lt. Kevin Morrell said it takes that long to assemble the forensic, medical and other evidence necessary to bring charges.
For now, the police aren't even identifying the George Street man whose car killed Bristol Central High School freshman Henry Waye.
When the police caught up with him about an hour and 15 minutes after the accident, he was intoxicated and threatening suicide, according to Mayor Art Ward, who said he heard details from the police.
The man was taken to Bristol Hospital for care, the mayor said.
Morrell said that he can't comment on an "ongoing investigation" or say anything about" anybody who was transported."
Morrell did not, however, deny the mayor got it right.
Morrell said the suspect was cooperative "to some extent" when police caught up with him after finding the truck about 100 yards past the scene of the hit and run.
Morrell would not confirm that the driver had been drinking, but Lt. Edward Spyros said this morning that alcohol may have been a factor in the accident.
The boy who was walking with Waye as they pushed their bicycles up George Street "gave us a great description of the truck" -- right down to the ladder rack in the back that didn't hold a ladder -- that helped police locate it quickly.
Since the man could have begun drinking after the accident, police didn't take a breath or blood test to check his alcohol levels, Morrell said.
The obvious investigation then would be to find out where he was drinking beforehand.
"I think we know that," Morrell said, "if he were to have been drinking."
Police got a search warrant Friday to check out the truck for forensic evidence. It's already ben impounded.
Morrell said he anticipates charges will be filed, but not soon.
In the meantime, the suspect is free to keep right on driving.
I'm not sure why the police are withholding the suspect's name. After all, at the very least he was involved in an accident, which are routinely detailed in police reports that are public records.
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