Police search for driver in hit and run

Police search for driver in hit and run
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POSTED: Sunday, July 21, 2013 - 7:00pm

UPDATED: Sunday, July 21, 2013 - 7:04pm

Baton Rouge Police have arrested the man wanted in connection to a hit and run driver which seriously injured a Baton Rouge Police Officer and a civilian early Saturday morning.

Police say Ronald Byrd, 37 turned himself in at 1st District this Sunday afternoon. He is charged with 2 counts of Felony Hit and Run, 4 counts of Misdemeanor Hit and Run, Careless Operation and Driving Left of Center.

Police say he is a black male, 37 years old, 6'0", 175 lbs., with a last known address of 1148 N. 48th.

At about 3:30am Saturday morning, Officer Wallace Britton, Baton Rouge Police Officer was in the 5600 block of Prescott investigating a vehicle burglary. He was parked in an apartment parking lot and was outside his car talking to the complainant, Rita Canty,59, when a westbound Dodge Caravan ran off the roadway and into the parking lot, striking the back of the parked police car.

The impact knocked the officer into the air and into another parked vehicle. It also caused the civilian female to be pinned between the police unit and another parked car.

The suspect van continued on, striking two more parked vehicles, knocking one of them into a brick wall of the apartment complex, before finally coming to a stop. The suspect driver then fled the scene on foot.

Both victims remained hospitalized.  

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