Hit and run suspect surrenders to police

Ronald Byrd (Source: East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office)
Ronald Byrd (Source: East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The hunt for a hit and run suspect in a crash that injured a Baton Rouge police officer ended after investigators said he turned himself in to them Sunday afternoon.

The Baton Rouge Police Department said Ronald Byrd, 37, was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. He is charged with two counts of felony hit and run, four counts of misdemeanor hit and run, careless operation, driving left of center and several other charges.

He is accused of driving the vehicle that was involved in the hit and run crash that injured Officer Wallace Britton, 33, and Rita Canty, 58, early Saturday morning. Britton and Canty were taken to area hospitals with serious injuries but are expected to survive. They both remain hospitalized.

Police said the accident happened in the 5600 block of Prescott Drive around 3:30 a.m. while Britton was at an apartment building investigating a vehicle burglary. According to reports, Britton was in the parking lot talking to Canty, whose car had been broken into, when a Dodge Caravan went off the road, rolled into the parking lot and slammed into the back of the parked police car.

BRPD said the impact of the crash knocked the officer into the air and into another parked vehicle. It also pinned the robbery victim between the police car and another car. Investigators reported the van drove on and hit two more vehicles before it stopped. The driver then got out of the van and ran away.

Anyone with additional information on the crash is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 344-7867.

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