Police seek man in Farmington hit-and-run

Steve Garrison

FARMINGTON – Police on Friday were seeking a 29-year-old Farmington man accused of running a woman over with a vehicle behind the Navajo Trading Co.

Matthis Slim was charged Wednesday in Farmington Magistrate Court with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and several petty misdemeanors. His bond was set at $20,000, according to court records.

Farmington police officers were dispatched at 2:09 p.m. Wednesday to the Navajo Trading Co., 126 E. Main St., after receiving reports of a fight, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Officers arrived to find a woman lying in the parking lot, the affidavit states, and several witnesses reported the woman was struck by a vehicle. One witness, Jessie Lefeltt, identified the woman as his girlfriend, Maureen Scott, the affidavit states.

Lefeltt told police the couple was there to collect a $20 debt owed by Slim. He said his girlfriend and Slim got into an argument, and Slim drove off in the vehicle, causing Scott to fall underneath it, the affidavit states.

An employee of the trading company told police she witnessed the suspect vehicle, a red Toyota pickup truck, flee the parking lot.

Scott was treated at the San Juan Regional Medical Center for a broken femur and pelvis, as well as fractures to her right foot and hand, according to the affidavit. Hospital spokeswoman Laura Werbner said Friday Scott was in good condition.

Anyone with information about Slim's whereabouts can contact the Farmington police detectives division at 505-599-1005 or San Juan County Crime Stoppers at 505-334-8477.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644.