Deputies make second arrest in hit and run bridge crash

Pearl Ross (Source: St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office)
Pearl Ross (Source: St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office)
Troy Carnley
Troy Carnley

AMELIA, LA (WAFB) - Investigators said a second arrest has been made in a single-vehicle hit and run crash into a bridge that happened on Dec. 28, 2013.

The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office reported Pearl Ross, 29, of Amelia, turned herself in to authorities Monday. She faces charges of hit and run, failure to report an accident and possession of open alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle.

It is believed she was the passenger in a car that hit a bridge on LA 182 in Amelia. Witnesses told deputies a man and woman ran away from the scene. Troy Carnley, 33, of Patterson, was arrested shortly after the wreck.

Detectives said their investigation pointed to Ross being the woman who allegedly ran from the crash site and a warrant for her arrest was issued.

SMPSO added Ross was released from jail after posting a $2,500 bond.

Carnley was booked into the St. Mary Parish Detention Center on the following charges:

Hit and run driving

Criminal trespass

Resisting an officer (2 counts)

Battery of a police officer (2 counts)

Resisting a police officer with force or violence (4 counts)

Possession of alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle

Simple criminal damage to property (over $500) (2 counts)

No driver's license

Careless operation of a motor vehicle with a crash

Threatening a public official (4 counts)

According to reports, a deputy found him at an RV park near the crash and he matched the description of the suspect. SMPSO said he was crouching behind a trailer and as the deputy got closer, he crawled under it. The deputy eventually arrested Carney and took him back to the crash site.

Additional deputies responded to the crash and reported seeing an open container of liquor inside the vehicle. They also reported seeing damage to the bridge where it had been hit by a vehicle.

Deputies described Carnley as very unruly during the investigation. They reported he repeatedly yelled profanities, made verbal threats and tried to pull away from them. They said he also tried to kick out the window of a sheriff's unit. According to reports, Carnley refused medical treatment, yelled profanities at the medical personnel and spit on them.

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