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Minnesota man charged in Polk County for hit and run injury

Prosecutors said a Minnesota man stole a semi-truck near St. Paul, drove to northwest Wisconsin, struck a man and pinned him and then drove away.

Scott Black, 45, of suburban St. Paul was charged Monday in Polk County with felony hit and run while causing injury and three misdemeanor counts.

Authorities said the victim, Paul Whiteaker, 40, of Balsam Lake, broke both his legs and one of them might have to be amputated.

He was in stable condition at last word at a Saint Paul hospital. Black is in jail under a $10,000 cash bond.

He's due back in court Thursday for a preliminary hearing.

The incident happened last Saturday in Balsam Lake.

Officials said Whiteaker was checking the oil on his pick-up truck when the stolen semi pulled out of an alley, hit the pick up, and trapped the man between his vehicle and another car.

Officers said Black then fled the scene without checking on the victim. Whiteaker's 10-year-old daughter was in the pick up, and she escaped injury.

A sheriff's K-9 unit found Black hiding in a swamp a few hours later. Investigators said Black had a prescription drug with him, and they're checking to see if he was under the influence.

Police in St. Paul Park said the semi was taken the morning of the crash. They're deciding whether to seek additional charges in that community.