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Man arrested for DUI following Meriden hit-and-run

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Tony Perez. (Meriden police photo) Tony Perez. (Meriden police photo)

A man faces drunk driving charges following a hit-and-run in Meriden that left a man in critical condition.

Police said they arrested 25-year-old Tony Perez-Silva.

Perez-Silva was driving along Lewis Avenue near tennis courts on Tuesday when he struck 60-year-old Stephen Mahoney, according to police.

Mahoney was found lying in the road. He suffered injuries to his head, neck and lower extremities. He was transported to Hartford Hospital.

Police said Perez-Silva fled the scene before they arrived.

Two eyewitnesses helped them track the suspect. One of them was able to write down part of Perez-Silva's license plate.

Officers tracked the green Acura to an address on Garden Street.

They found the car to have damage to its passenger side, side mirror and windshield.

Perez-Silva was found hiding in a third-floor closet at 33 Garden St, police said.

He was charged with DUI, reckless assault, second-degree assault with a motor vehicle, evading responsibility, causing serious physical injury, operation of a motor vehicle while under suspension and interfering with police.

Police said he could face more charges as the investigation continues.

Perez-Silva was held on a $150,000 bond.

Anyone who may have seen the incident is asked to contact Officer Christian Rodriguez at 203-630-6299.

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