PD: Girlfriend arrested in deadly Phoenix hit-and-run near Carefree Highway, Interstate 17

PHOENIX - Authorities have released the name of a woman taken into custody possibly related to the deadly hit-and-run of a 20-year-old man in Phoenix on Saturday morning.

The body of Jacob G. Rice, 20, was found along the side of the road on N. 27th Drive near Carefree Highway and Interstate 17 around 8:30 a.m. Saturday by a jogger, said Sgt. Trent Crump of the Phoenix Police Department.

Authorities initially did not have a lot of information related to the deadly hit-and-run crash.

Through investigating, detectives were led to a nearby apartment complex where Rice's girlfriend, 20-year-old Brittney Nicole Nolan, was located.

Nolan was taken into police custody and her 2010 Black Nissan Sentra, believed to be the vehicle that struck Rice, was impounded, said Crump.

Nolan reportedly admitted to police that she was driving in the area at the time of the crash, which occurred sometime between 2 and 7:30 a.m.

She reportedly told police that Rice and her were driving back from a party when they got into an argument, said Crump. The boyfriend then allegedly got out the vehicle and walked away.

The girlfriend told authorities that while she was out looking for Rice, she looked at her cell phone and lost control of the vehicle, said police. Nolan thought she had hit a pole but didn't stop.

Police said Nolan has been booked into the Maricopa County Jail for leaving the scene of a fatal traffic collision.

Nolan also reportedly told police that she drank alcohol at the party, however, she showed no signs of impairment when she was contacted by authorities hours later, according to police.

Several friends of Rice brought flowers and candles to a make-shift memorial near the scene of the crash. Multiple people were seen crying.

The investigation is on-going and additional charges are pending, said Crump.

Arizona law requires drivers to remain at the scene and contact medical authorities when involved in an injury collision, said Crump.

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