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Man, 55, airlifted to a hospital after hit-and-run in Granite Falls

The passenger in the vehicle told police about the incident.

A 55-year-old man was airlifted to a hospital after suffering "significant injuries" in a hit-and-run at the weekend.

The incident in Granite Falls came to the attention of local police when they were called to investigate a fight just before 1 a.m. Sunday.

While the victim, a 28-year-old man, was being interviewed about the assault, he told police that he was passenger in a vehicle that had hit and injured a man just west of his home.

Police found the crash scene and evidence of a serious injury, but no victim or suspect vehicle was found. 

The vehicle, a 2009 Chevy Tahoe, was found a short time later though along with the alleged driver, a 27-year-old local man, who was arrested on suspicion of criminal vehicular operation.

Despite a "large ground search" of the surrounding area, the victim still wasn't found until a tip at 9:46 a.m. led officers to a house in the 1200 block of 6th Street, where the 55-year-old victim was found with "significant injuries to both his head and face, as well as injuries to his lower extremities."

He was taken to the Avera Granite Falls Hospital, before being flown to a Twin Cities metro hospital.

The investigation continues.

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