Atlanta officer injured in hit-and-run; driver arrested in DeKalb

A man is in custody after allegedly hitting an Atlanta police officer with his car on a major interstate early Sunday and leaving the scene.

Antaun Mcheeron, 25, faces several charges, including hit-and-run and driving while under the influence, in connection with the crash.

The officer was responding to a traffic incident on I-20 East at Flat Shoals Road about 3 a.m., Atlanta police spokeswoman Officer TaSheena Brown confirmed. He had parked his patrol car on the shoulder with its blue lights on and was wearing a neon traffic vest as he worked the crash, Brown said.

At some point, a red Chevrolet Tahoe hit the officer and his patrol car and drove off, officials said.

“After being struck, the officer was able to give a lookout via radio of the suspect vehicle,” Brown said.

The officer was taken to a hospital, where he was stable Sunday.

Police in DeKalb County later found the Tahoe in the area of Rockdale Avenue and Clifton Avenue and identified Mcheeron as the driver.

In addition to hit-and-run and DUI, other charges he faces include reckless driving, failure to report an accident resulting in an injury and expired registration.