Driver In Hit-And-Run Released


The driver who hit and seriously injured a Department of Public Safety officer and then fled the scene, was let out of jail last week.

"(Suspect Reed Hatch) has been released pending a felony complaint," said Commander Don Engler of the Payson Police Department.


Reed Hatch

County Attorney Daisy Flores said she will not file a complaint until the lab results are returned with Hatch's blood alcohol, and she has had a chance to review the complete incident report.

"I haven't seen any of the report yet," Flores said Monday.

Reed Hatch, 22, of Payson, was arrested for aggravated assault and leaving the scene of an injury accident Aug. 19.

Payson police officers said Hatch hit a pedestrian who was walking north on the sidewalk along Highway 87 by the casino.

The victim was DPS Officer Charlie Hopkins, 22, of Laveen, Ariz. He sustained severe injuries and was air-lifted to Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, where he remains in very critical condition, according to Frank Valenzuela, information officer for the DPS.

Hatch was arrested and booked into the Gila County jail with a $25,000 bond. He was released without paying the bond, Engler said.

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