MPD Has Hit and Run Suspect in Custody

Meridian police officials say the suspect in a hit and run July 20, that seriously injured a 10-year-old boy, is now in custody.

Police released the photo of 35-year-old Darryl "Dickey Doo" Hampton July 23 and identified him as the driver of a blue Mercury Marquis that struck the child on 43rd Avenue and 24th Street and kept going.

Meridian police say they met with Hampton and his attorney Monday morning, and he surrendered. Hampton was then formally charged with felony leaving the scene of an accident involving injury or death, tampering with physical evidence, and mutilation/change of a vehicle's identification number. Officials say Hampton spray-painted the blue car white to change its appearance

After processing, Hampton had an initial appearance and preliminary hearing Monday, during which his initial bond was reduced to $10,000.

Police say Hampton also paid a misdemeanor city contempt warrant which was outstanding and was unrelated to this incident.

The charges against Hampton will be presented to the November 2009 term of the Lauderdale County Grand Jury.

As of Monday, the child was listed in critical but stable condition at University Medical Center in Jackson.


You must be logged in to post comments.

Username:
Password (case sensitive):
Remember Me:

Read Comments

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
  • by Jimbo Location: Quitman on Jul 30, 2009 at 03:15 PM
    I think having the name "Dickey Doo" bounced all over the news is humiliation, but not enough. Let's send Dickey Doo to jail for 40 years!!!
  • by The Truth on Jul 28, 2009 at 03:39 PM
    The reason digg didn't stick around in the beginning to see to the child being ok was because he was riding dirty. And what I mean when I say he was riding dirty his but had drugs in the car and didn't want the risk of going back to jail YES HE'S BEEN INCARCARTED 3 TIMES. Come on this is sad he's using his illegal drug money to pay for a lawyer and get a slap on the hand for this crime and it's not fair.
  • by Concerned w/ disbelief Location: Meridian on Jul 28, 2009 at 12:18 PM
    I pray whole heartedly that the child injured will be o.k. I know the suspect along with his wife and kids and as a parent I can't believe his ACTIONS. I know for a fact that he would have went striaght to the left if it was his kids or a family memember. I wonder how his wife feels about the sistuation other than totally embarrassed! Let's all continue to pray for the child!!
  • by Concerned Parent & Grandparent Location: Meridian on Jul 28, 2009 at 09:59 AM
    Since I saw the ten o'clock news on July 20th I have done nothing but think about this child and his family and how they must feel. I have prayed that God would touch his body and heal him but most of all I have prayed that the person responsible would be found. I do not feel that bond was appropriate for the horrible crime this person has done. I know accidents happen but to run over a child, leave the scene and then try to cover it up does not seen like the actions of a person who is scared. It sounds like some want to make it about race.We need to move past that and come together as a community and support this family and child who has been injured and pray that a jury of Mr. Hampton's piers will find him guilty and sentence him to the maximum for this crime. Mr. Hampton will have to live with what he has done and if he has any compassion for his fellow man that could be punishment within it's self.
  • by teetee Location: meridian on Jul 28, 2009 at 06:44 AM
    I TOTALLY AGREE WITH EVERYONE ABOUT THE BOND SITUATION THAT'S JUST CRAZY. HE WAS ALSO WANTED FOR CONTEMPT ON SOMETHING ELSE IN WHICH HE WAS SUPPOSE TO DO 10 DAYS AUTOMATICALLY WHICH I DOUBT HE WILL DO. IT JUST SOME THINGS WE WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND BECAUSE THIS MAN HAS 2 SMALL CHILDREN OF HIS OWN THAT IS ACUTUALLY YOUNGER THAN THE CHILD THAT WAS INVOLVED IN THE ACCIDENT. THIS IS MERIDIAN MS AND IT WILL NEVER CHANGE. I JUST PRAY THAT THE CHILDS RECOVERS
  • by Anonymous on Jul 28, 2009 at 05:16 AM
    First of all the bond was way too low. You hit a child that is in critical condition and you can go free to do it again. Second of all I do not think the color of the skin makes a difference with the bond, as China stated. And Third, some of you wish he would have turned himself in earlier??? The JackA-- should have stayed there when he did it. I mean come on people, it was a 10 year old CHILD. Loretta, no need to make this into a black on black thing. Bottom line is he hit a child, regardless of color, it was a child. And yes we all need to be cautious when driving, especially in neighborhoods where children play close to the streets. My prayers go out to the little boy and family. As for the JackA-- I hope he goes to jail for a long time.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 27, 2009 at 08:29 PM
    Why even bother to arrest him if he can bond out for $1000. The coverage of the original story, man hours spent searching for this jerk cost more than his bond. Good job. Bail and bond should have been denied considering he's been on the run since he hit the little boy. Lady justice has truly turned a "blind eye".
  • by China on Jul 27, 2009 at 08:26 PM
    Im wondering how much would his bond be if he hit someone white?? anybody know?(double standard)
  • by Loretta Bennett Location: Meridian on Jul 27, 2009 at 08:20 PM
    You meen to tell me that this coward hit a child...nearly kill him.. and he only get a small bond!(10,000.00)hello america! this Is what you call not caring because both party is black,If that would've been a white child he hit; he would've been giving a one million dollar bond,but in this screwed up world we live in..they dont care about black on black crime...yep! I said it.
  • by Tonya Location: Meridian on Jul 27, 2009 at 08:13 PM
    I wished he would have turned himself in sooner, running didn't help. Everyone knows accidents happen and I am quite sure this was an accident. I think he was scared but I am glad he faced up. Everyone needs to be cautious while driving, it could happen to you.
  • Page:
WTOK-TV 815 23rd Ave Meridian, Ms. 39301 Phone: (601) 693-1441
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 51802687 - wtok.com/a?a=51802687
Gray Television, Inc.