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Officer accused of 2012 hit-and-run said truck had been stolen

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A former Benbrook Police officer accused of running from a hit-and-run crash in August 2012 told Fort Worth Police his pickup was stolen at the time, but the charges against him were filed this week when Jason Montgomery turned himself into police.

Montgomery is charged with failure to stop and render aid at an accident causing serious bodily injury. He's accused of leaving his pickup behind after running a red light on Ridgmar Boulevard and hitting an SUV with four people inside.

An arrest warrant affidavit says police talked with Montgomery less than an hour after the wreck happened. The affidavit says, "When asked where his Dodge pickup was, the suspect said it was stolen."

Police didn't believe Montgomery, noting that they could see redness on his chin and neck, possibly from a deployed airbag.

The court document says another Benbrook officer was riding with Montgomery at the time, and police questioned a third Benbrook officer who picked him up.

Police say witnesses described two men leaving the scene of the crash, walking north, and then running when one of the witnesses told them to come back.

Montgomery's attorney, Jim Lane, said that the case is going to a grand jury, and that "This is not an alcohol related offense."

Montgomery is the only officer who was charged, but all three resigned from the Benbrook Police Department.

At the time, Benbrook Police Chief James Mills said, "It's sad anytime you see veteran officers resigning at that point in their career, We're not immune."

Montgomery was a detective for 16 years with the police department, and the longtime president of the department's Police Officers Association.

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