LRSD Administrator Arrested for Officer-Involved Hit and Run

McClellan assistant principal Keith Hearnsberger surrendered Monday

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- An assistant principal at McClellan High School surrendered to police Monday afternoon in connection to a hit and run crash that nearly killed an LRPD officer. 

35 year old Keith Hearnsberger is facing two counts of second degree battery, one count of leaving the scene of an injury accident, and one count of reckless driving. 

Police say Lt. Johnny Gilbert was making an arrest in the 1100 block of Daisy Bates early Sunday morning when a car hit them, sending both men to the hospital. The car and driver then fled the scene. The hit and run happened less than a mile from Hearnsberger's home. 

As of Monday night, Gilbert was still in the hospital in serious but stable condition. The man he was arresting, Daryl Johnson, suffered non-life threatening injuries. 

The Little Rock School District says Hearnsberger started at McClellan before the start of this school year but previously taught music at J.A. Fair High School. A spokesperson released the following statement Monday afternoon:

"The Little Rock School District has been made aware of the serious allegations against employee, Mr. Keith Hearnsberger.  He has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.  We will not be able to comment further because of the ongoing investigation."

Hearnsberger's attorney released the following statement on behalf of his client Monday night:

"Our hearts and prayers go out to the injured and their families and we wish them a speedy recovery."

Hearnsberger is due in court Tuesday morning. 


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