Witness Helps Police Track Down Hit And Run Driver

Clayton Police were able to track down a hit and run driver thanks to an observant shopper in a busy parking lot.

A good Samaritan called 911 on Sunday just before 7 p.m. stating that he had reportedly witnessed a yellow Nissan Xterra back out of a parking spot at the Clayton Walmart, collide with the parked car next to it, break out the tail light and then drive away down US 70.

The witness was able to get the license plate number and shared that with Walmart security who then called out the description of the vehicle that had been damaged so the shopper who owned it would be made aware.

The Clayton Police officer who responded was able to run the plate and link it back to an address on Old US 70. The officer went to the address, knocked on the door and spoke to a woman who allegedly admitted she was at the Walmart. The Xterra had the damage described by the witness, but had been covered with clear packing tape.

Alba Lucia Andrade Cerrato, 45, of Clayton  was arrested and given a $2,000 secured bond and turned over to the Johnston County Detention staff.

She was charged with hit and run/leaving a scene causing property damage and driving without an operator`s license.