Parking lot hit-and-run suspect tracked down, arrested on multiple charges

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A report of a hit-and-run in a parking lot resulted in an arrest on Friday night after the driver left and later returned to shop. 

Levin T. Cronshaw was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, extreme DUI, failure to remain at the scene of an accident and endangerment (domestic violence), according to officers. 

At about 8:40 p.m., Maricopa police were called to Fry’s Marketplace, 20797 N. John Wayne Pkwy., on a report of a hit-and-run, a probable-cause statement said. 

The reporting party told officers he was loading groceries into his vehicle when another vehicle, later discovered to be driven by Cronshaw, backed into his vehicle, police said. 

According to the probable-cause statement, the reporting party went to confront Cronshaw, but he drove away at a high rate of speed with no lights on. Cronshaw drove out of the parking lot onto SR 347, and then re-entered the lot, parked and entered the store.  

The reporting party provided police with the vehicle’s license-plate number. 

Officers went to Cronshaw’s home, on West Cydnee Drive, to contact him. He drove up while they were there, police said. 

Cronshaw had a heavy odor of intoxicating liquors, according to officers, and consented to a field sobriety test. During one of the tests, the man stated that he was done because he could not walk straight.  

During a preliminary breath test, Cronshaw blew a sample of .188 BAC, more than double the legal limit. Cronshaw later consented to another breath test, which returned with .159 and then .171, police reported. 

Cronshaw’s girlfriend told officers she was in the car and that Cronshaw did back into an unknown object and left the stall before circling the parking lot, parking in another spot and entering the store. 

Cronshaw was arrested on the charges in the incident and on a pre-adjudication warrant from Yavapai County.