LONGMONT, Colo. (CBS4) – Police in Longmont have a suspect in custody in a deadly hit-and-run that happened on Main Street on New Year’s Eve.

Officers arrested Kendra Balentine, 18, on Thursday morning at a gas station at 15th and Main. Authorities said she had been under surveillance since Wednesday night after they received a tip about her.

“We are confident, based on the information we have — from our witnesses, from the vehicle — that we have the car and the driver,” said Longmont police spokesman Jeff Satur.

Jason Grimmer, 16, was killed after he allegedly ran into street following a fight about 10 p.m. Police said he was struck by a two-door Chevy.

Balentine’s mother told CBS4 on Thursday that her daughter was at church all night on Monday night, but Satur said his department has “contrary information to that.”

Stephanie Balentine said she and her daughter were in church on New Year’s Eve at Messiahville Baptist Church from about 7:30 p.m. until after midnight.

“I got video to show where my daughter’s at,” said Stephanie as she showed her cell phone video to CBS4’s Howard Nathan. “A picture is worth a thousand words.”

Pastor Corey Seulean confirms her story.

“From 7:45 p.m. until about 12:15 a.m.” said Seulean. “She was with us the whole time.”

Jason Grimmer (credit: CBS)

Jason Grimmer (credit: CBS)

Balentine could make her first court appearance on Friday.

“They said her tires matched the tread print. I told the officers that was impossible. My daughter was at church and her car was there with her,” said Stephanie.


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