East Ridge fires police officer after hit and run

EAST RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) -- East Ridge police officials have fired an officer over a hit and run crash that involved his private vehicle.

Officials announced the termination Monday of Sean Merriman after an internal affairs investigation was completed.

Investigators determined Merriman struck a neighbor's parked vehicle, causing major damage to both vehicles. The investigation found Merriman left the accident scene and did not report the crash to police or his neighbor. He also failed to answer repeated knocks on the door of his home and gave conflicting statements about whether he had been drinking prior to the crash.

Merriman had been suspended after the crash, which was investigated by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

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