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Inmate video chatting behind the wheel charged with hit and run

AMMON – MPs say a woman video chatting with a man in prison while driving hit a teenager in Ammon.

The hit-and-run occurred on October 31 just before 10 p.m. The Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office arrived at North Ammon Road and Ruby Circle and found a teenager with a fractured arm. Early reports indicate that witnesses saw a dark SUV with a missing headlight hit the teenager before driving away.

The driver of the SUV, according to MPs, was Kelcei C. Llamas, 27. She is now charged with the felony of leaving the scene of an accident.

MPs obtained video footage from a nearby store days later and discovered the SUV was a dark-colored Chevrolet Tahoe. A photo of the SUV was posted on the local Crime Stoppers page, quickly leading investigators to Llamas’ home. The llamas denied ever leaving his home on the night of the hit-and-run, but investigators noted damage to the SUV consistent with hitting the victim.

Investigators impounded the car and found that another deputy had stopped the same SUV in August and arrested a man for trafficking in methamphetamine. The deputy handed the SUV to Llamas and none of the damage was on the vehicle at the time.

With the information, the deputies obtained a search warrant for the data of Llamas’ cell phone, which shows that she was out of the house at the time of the accident. MPs also discovered that Llamas had received calls from the man who was in Bonneville County Jail for smuggling methamphetamine the night of the crash.

About two minutes before the dispatch learned of the hit-and-run, a recorded video call between the inmate and Llamas gave revealing details of what may have happened in October.

“Kelcei is heard panting and a loud audible impact is heard,” one MP wrote in a report. Kelcei then states ‘there was someone on the side on a bicycle and I almost hit him because I didn’t see him.’ “

In the video, lawmakers say Llamas is seen looking at his phone and not paying attention to the road when the crash happened.

On Friday, deputies arrived at Llamas’ home and arrested her. She was charged with a felony and cited for reckless or reckless conduct. She posted a $ 25,000 bond and was released.

A preliminary hearing for Llamas is scheduled for December 29.

Although Llamas is charged with a crime, that doesn’t necessarily mean that she committed it. Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty.