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Emily Welker, Published December 16 2013

Fargo woman accused of running over man who confronted her about hit and run

FARGO – A Fargo woman faces a felony charge after she allegedly backed her car over a man who was taking a photo of her license plate after he pointed out to her she’d been involved in a hit-and-run.

Vanessa Elizabeth Scott, 24, was charged Friday in Cass County District Court with one count of reckless endangerment, a Class C felony.

According to court documents, police were called Thursday at around 11:14 p.m. to the scene of a hit-and-run crash in the 900 block of Westrac Drive in Fargo.

The caller, Lenae Fitter, told police she was with her boyfriend, Benjamin Gartin, when the pair came upon a two-car crash.

Fitter told police one of the cars was shoved up into a snowbank and surrounded by debris. The other car, a red Pontiac Grand Am with severe front-end damage, had a woman behind the wheel, trying to start the car. Fitter and Gartin watched the woman start her car, then drive away.

They followed the Grand Am to the 32nd Street and 17th Avenue South intersection and pulled up next to her. Gartin told the woman she needed to go back to the accident and “take care of it,” to which the woman replied, “I don’t know what you’re talking about. I didn’t do anything.”

Gartin then asked the woman if he could photograph her license plate, and she agreed.

When Gartin crouched down behind the Grand Am, the driver, who police allege was Scott, shifted the car into reverse and stepped on the gas, hitting Gartin, who was thrown onto the trunk of the car and then onto the ground.

Scott was later arrested. Her bail was set at $600. Her next court appearance is set for Feb. 5.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Emily Welker at (701) 241-5541