Update: Assistant Principal Out on Bond in Hit & Run Case

Keith Hearnsberger, 35, is Assistant Principal at McClellan High

Update:
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Assistant Principal Keith Hearnsberger was released on bond  from the Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility after his involvement in a hit and run on Sunday.  

Bond had been set at $15,000 for a local high school assistant principal accused in a weekend hit and run that left a police lieutenant seriously injured.

Keith Hearnsberger, 35, surrendered to police late Monday afternoon and was taken to the Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility.

In Little Rock District Court on Tuesday morning, Hearnsberger's attorney told reporters he had no comment.

Hearnsberger faces two charges of Battery, along with Failure to Stop after an Accident Involving Injury and Reckless Driving.

The incident happened around 1 a.m. Sunday and also injured a man the officer was in the process of placing under arrest.

Original story:
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A local assistant high school principal has been arrested in connection with a hit and run accident early Sunday morning that injured a police officer and an individual the officer was in the process of placing under arrest.

The Little Rock Police Department says Keith Hearnsberger, 35, was taken into custody early Monday afternoon after a surrender was coordinated by his attorney. He is on administrative leave from his position at McClellan High School, officials say.

Hearnsberger is charged with two counts of Battery 2nd degree, Reckless Driving, and Hit and Run with Injury (felony).

He is accused of striking Lt. Johnny Gilbert shortly before 1 a.m. in the 1100 block of Daisy Bates near Ringo in front of an event center. 

The officer suffered serious injuries and the man he was arresting, Daryl Johnson, 25, suffered minor injuries.

The LRPD says the vehicle involved in the accident has been recovered and is being processed for evidence.

Lieutenant Gilbert is still in the hospital in serious but stable condition. Johnson is also still in the hospital in stable condition.

Gilbert is also a professor at the University of Little Rock. One of his colleagues calls him a role model.

"He was the first person to ever answer his phone when you needed him, any questions--if he had time he would get back to you," says Holland Colclasure, UALR Professor. 


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