ATLANTA -- An officer was involved in a hit and run Saturday morning while trying to direct a car into a parking lot.

Around 3 a.m., Officer Rodney Smither observed a silver Volkswagen back into a parked truck. The car was being driven by David Hamblen. Officer Smither approached Hamblen and asked him if he had hit the parked vehicle.

When Hamblen denied, Officer Smither stepped in front of Hamblen's vehicle to direct him into a parking lot.
Hamblen sped off, striking the officer with the hood of his car, knocking him to the ground.

A lookout was given over the radio and Georgia State Patrol located and stopped Hamblen at Briarcliff Rd and Johnson Rd.

Hamblen was later charged with a DUI, Aggravated Assault and Obstruction. He was transported to Fulton County Jail.

Officer Smither was examined on the scene by Grady EMS and only complained of minor soreness.

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