Women charged in mini-mart hit and run

Staff reports
Surveillance video from Amite River Food Mart on Hwy. 42 shows a 1999-2005 two-door white Pontiac Grand Am and a female suspect who wore a pink top with a jean skirt. The other occupant wore a green shirt and blue jeans.

A hit-and-run incident involving a fuel pump led two women to turn themselves in to authorities, according to Ascension Parish Chief Deputy Tony Bacala.

The case was publicized recently through local media.

Sydney Blackwell, 24, of 41475 N. Charbonnet Rd., Ponchatoula turned herself in to deputies Aug. 3.

She was charged with hit and run driving.

Blackwell indicated that Heather Stafford was the second suspect in the car, which drove away from the scene of the incident at the Amite River Food Mart on Hwy. 42.

Stafford, 20, of Muscarello Road, Hammond, turned herself in Aug. 4. She was charged with principal to hit and run driving.

After hitting the pump, the two females allegedly switched drivers, Bacala said.