A northwest Georgia police officer has been terminated from his job and currently facing charges after a possible hit-and-run incident that injured a 3-year-old.
Lieutenant Richard Penson was driving his personally owned vehicle and was not on duty when he struck a 3-year-old child and continued without reporting the incident.
The hit-and-run accident happened around 5:15 p.m. on December 17 at the Kid Stop on Dean Avenue in Rome.
Penson was charged with reckless driving, hit-and-run and second-degree cruelty to children. He surrendered at the Floyd County Jail on Friday. He was terminated from the department shortly afterward.
The condition of the child is still unknown .