DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — A DeKalb County police detective has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation following a DUI charge on Sunday afternoon. 

Justin Hamilton was arrested on July 7 by the Atlanta Police Department after the vehicle he was driving left the roadway and struck a pedestrian who was walking on the sidewalk, police said.  

The incident happened around 1:30 p.m. near the area of Northside Drive and Interstate 75. 

Police say a field sobriety test was conducted at the scene and it led to the arrest of Hamilton. He was charged with driving under the influence of drugs and reckless driving. Officers located hydrocodone and acetaminophen inside the vehicle. He was transported to Grady Detention.

The pedestrian complained of leg pain and was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, and listed as alert, conscious and breathing.

DeKalb County Police officials say Hamilton was off-duty and driving his personal vehicle at the time of the arrest. 

Just last December, Hamilton spoke at the funeral of DeKalb County Police Officer Edgar Flores.


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