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Three young men hurt when hit-and-run driver plows into Amish buggy; suspect tracked by K-9

A man from Canton has been jailed after a hit-and-run crash involving a horse-drawn Amish buggy.

Three young men riding in the buggy were hurt, one of them suffering what are described as "serious life-threatening injuries."

Fillmore County Sheriff Tom Kaase said the crash happened about 3:45 p.m. Friday on the 18000 block of County Road 21 in Amherst Township north of Henrytown when a car struck an Amish buggy and the driver then fled.  The sheriff said a 21-year-old Amish man and two Amish teenage males age 19 and 17 were in the buggy and were injured.  The oldest with the more serious injuries was taken to a hospital.   

Kaase identified the suspected hit-and-run driver as Connor Keene, 24, of Canton.  After deputies found his vehicle in the 33000 block of County Road 16, Keene was hunted down in nearby fields by the Houston Co. Sheriff’s K-9.  Kaase said Keene had hidden and abandoned his car in a hay field and then tried to hide, but the police dog was able to track him.

"Keene is being held at the Fillmore County Jail until he is arraigned in Fillmore County District Court for Criminal Vehicular Operation of a Motor Vehicle," said Sheriff Kaase.


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