July 9, 2009

Police Make Arrest in Hit-and-Run Crash

Hit-and-run accidents that occur in plain site of a police officer generally are short on the run portion of the story. That was the case in a July 1 incident that occurred in Memphis, one block from the city’s police station.

According to his probable cause statement, Police Chief John Myers was exiting the police department office on the east side of the city square when he heard the sound of screeching tires exiting the southeast corner of the square. Seconds later he heard the sound of a collision.

The suspect vehicle traveled less than a block before it doubled back to return to the city square. Myers caught up with the green Chevy Lumina and attempted to initiate a traffic stop as it headed northbound through the intersection of Main and Monroe Streets.

The car stopped momentarily in the intersection but when Myers exited the patrol vehicle, it continued northbound before finally pulling into a parking spot on the west side of the square.

The car had extensive damage on the passenger side, including two flat tires.

The car allegedly struck a 1991 Ford truck parked on the west side of Market Street just off the square. The impact forced the truck into a second parked vehicle, a 1990 Chevy passenger car. The second car was also struck by the hit-and-run vehicle, causing damage to the driver’s side.

The driver of the vehicle, Darrell G. Herring, 29, of Edina, was charged with the class D felony of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident. Additional charges are pending. Herring was taken to the Scotland County Jail where he was held on a $25,000 bond.

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