Crime

Biloxi man hit motorcycle, injuring rider, then drove away, police say

Robert Champagne
Robert Champagne

A Biloxi man drove away after hitting a motorcyclist with his truck, police said.

Robert Gray Champagne, 34, was arrested on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving serious injuries. The motorcyclist was hit April 28, authorities said.

Biloxi police Sgt. O’Neil Adams said in a press release Champagne was driving a Ford F-150 pickup in the 1800 block of Beach Boulevard when he hit a motorcycle. Adams said Champagne left after the collision, but was followed by witnesses.

Champagne was arrested without incident that same night on charges of failure to yield, driving under a suspended driver’s license and leaving the scene of an accident. He was arrested again after Judge Albert Fountain was notified of the severity of the motorcyclist’s injuries; Champagne’s charge was upgraded to a felony.

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