A 21-year-old student at Minnesota State University was injured early Sunday morning as she crossed a downtown street and was struck by a hit-and-run driver.

The man police suspect was driving the car, 20-year-old Alexander Hunt of Mankato, was later arrested at a residence in the 600 block of Adams Street. An officer searching for the suspected driver found Hunt’s car parked outside the residence. It had what looked like fresh damage to its hood, a Mankato Police Department report said.

Lauren Marie Muelken, who has a permanent address in Eagan, was taken to Immanuel St. Joseph’s Hospital by ambulance to be treated for injuries to her head. Her condition was not immediately available Monday morning.

Witnesses told police Muelken was crossing Second Street at the Hickory Street intersection at about 12:40 a.m. Sunday and had the right-of-way. What was described as a dark-colored, late-model Dodge Stratus ran the stop light at Hickory Street and struck Muelken at an estimated speed of 30 mph, the witnesses reported.

Muelken hit the hood and windshield of the car before falling to the ground. The car continued north on Second Street after the collision, the witnesses said.

A preliminary breath test showed Hunt had a blood-alcohol concentration of .10, which is over the legal limit of .08 for driving. The preliminary reports did not say what time Hunt’s vehicle was located, but Cmdr. Amy Vokal did say it was “good police work” that led to his arrest.

For times and locations of other law enforcement calls during the weekend, go to the Mankato Free Press Police Logs.

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