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Police have made an arrest in the Coon Rapids hit-and-run crash that injured a 9-year-old after a Minneapolis auto body repair shop led officers to a man who was trying to get a truck with suspicious damage repaired quickly.

A criminal complaint accuses 32-year-old Nathan Wade Boese, of Coon Rapids, of criminal vehicular operation resulting in great bodily harm and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.

Boese turned himself in to authorities on Tuesday evening. His bail has been set at $100,000, and he remained in custody after his first court appearance on Wednesday.

At about 7 p.m. on June 13, Coon Rapids police were called to the intersection of 111th and Kumquat Street after Amir Taylor was struck while riding his bicycle by a park. Neighbors who saw and heard the crash told police the driver fled the scene even though it was clear Taylor was severely injured.

Taylor, who is still undergoing therapy, spent three days on life support. The long-term effects of his injuries are still unknown. He is now listed in fair condition at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare.

After the crash, officials released images of a vehicle similar to the pickup truck thought to be involved. Police said the 1990s Chevy pickup with Z-71 stickers would have driver's side damage, a missing mirror on the driver's side.

Two days after the crash, Coon Rapids police were contacted by an auto body repair shop in Minneapolis following media reports of the crash. Workers told police they had gotten a call from Boese the day after the crash saying he needed work done right away and would pay in cash.

Employees told investigators that Boese arrived at 11 a.m. in a 1996 black Chevy Z-71 pickup truck with Minnesota license plate 459-DMX and told them he needed the driver's side mirror replaced and the windshield repaired. He also asked about fixing the dents in the driver's-side door.

When police came to investigate, they saw that the Z-71 stickers appeared to have been removed recently and Boese appeared to resemble the suspect description from witnesses at the scene.

Officers said Boese told them he had not been in any crash when questioned. Instead, he said the damage to his vehicle was caused by an act of vandalism in Minneapolis, which he had not reported to police. He also said the Z-71 stickers had been removed years ago by his father.

Yet, investigators say that Boese arrived his girlfriend's workplace about 30 minutes after the crash in the same truck, which appears to be damaged in video. The video also shows Boese wiping the area of the truck where Taylor would have been hit.

Police towed the truck to investigate it further, and officials said blood was found on the driver's side door during the examination.

Officers contacted Boese on Friday, but he told them he was "out of town" and they would have to find him; however, an attorney claiming to represent Boese said his client would turn himself in if a warrant was issued.

On Tuesday afternoon, Steven J. Meshbesher, of Meshbesher & Associates Attorneys at Law, issued a statement acknowledging the charges. Neither the firm, Boese or his family had a comment other than to say Boese planned to turn himself in.

If convicted, Boese could face up to seven years in prison. Boese already has a criminal history including convictions for drugs, drunken driving and burglary.

After hearing that a warrant was issued, Taylor's mother, Ravesha Harris, said, "There are still a lot of unanswered questions, but today we are one step closer to knowing what really happened."

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