Car found in Cleburne County leads to arrest in fatal hit-and-run
by Laura Camper
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HEFLIN – A car found in Cleburne County last week led authorities to a suspect who is charged with felony hit-and-run in relation to an accident that killed a 41-year-old man.

Chief Investigator Michael Gore said the Douglas County/Douglasville Major Crimes Unit received an anonymous tip that led them to an an old body shop in the Abernathy area south of Interstate 20 near exit 210 on Friday. Though the business was no longer in operation, officers found a burgundy 2001 Buick LeSabre in the process of being repaired.

Cleburne County Chief Deputy Dennis Green worked with the Douglas County/Douglasville Major Crimes Unit on the investigation.

The car was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run accident in Douglas County near the Douglasville Police Department, Douglasville police Chief Chris Womack said.

Womack said the car’s mirror had been replaced. A mirror from the car involved in the hit-and-run was found at the scene of the accident, he said.

“The car led us to the driver,” said Womack.

The driver, 18-year-old Tabitha Anna Paige of Villa Rica, Ga., was charged in relation to a Sept. 14 accident in Douglas County that killed 41-year-old Gary “Tommy” Latimer, Womack said.

Paige was denied bond by Douglas County Judge Susan Camp at a hearing Monday and remains in jail in Douglas County, Womack said.

The owner of the shop wasn’t charged with a crime, but Gore declined to give the name because of the crime unit’s continuing investigation.

Cleburne County Chief Deputy Dennis Green worked with the Douglas County/Douglasville Major Crimes Unit on the investigation.

Staff writer Laura Camper: 256-235-3545. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.

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