School official arrested after Little Rock police officer struck in hit and run

Little Rock school official arrested in officer hit and run

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Little Rock police arrested the man who hit a police lieutenant and another man with their car then drove away.

The incident happened around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday in the 1100 block of Daisy Gatson Bates Drive where the lieutenant was working off duty.

Lieutenant Johnny Gilbert was crossing the street with a man he arrested for disorderly conduct when a maroon sedan or crossover hit them both and then drove off.

Police arrested 35-year-old Keith Hearnsberger around noon on Monday. He was arrested after his surrender was coordinated by his attorney, John Collins

Hearnsberger is an employee of the Little Rock School District.

Pamela Smith, the communications director for LRSD released a statement saying, "The Little Rock School District has been made aware of the serious allegations against employee, Mr. Keith Hearnsberger. He has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. We will not be able to comment further because of the ongoing investigation."

Hearnsberger is charged with two counts of second-degree Battery, Reckless Driving, and Hit and Run with Injury. A judge set his bond at $15,000 on Tuesday morning. Hearnsberger is expected back in court on January 8, 2018.

At last check, Lt. Gilbert is in the hospital and listed as serious but stable. The other victim is also still in the hospital.

© 2017 KTHV-TV


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