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.

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