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Murfreesboro Man Arrested in Hit-And-Run of 6-Year-Old

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The Tennessee Highway Patrol arrested a Murfreesboro man on Sunday night after a hit-and-run incident involving a 6-year-old child in Smyrna, according to a press release from the State of Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

Jan Kevin Cooley, 52, was charged with aggravated vehicular assault, leaving the scene of an injury crash, driving on a revoked drivers license and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked into the Rutherford County Jail.

Cooley was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo on Polk Drive in Smyrna, when he struck the male juvenile on his skateboard at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. The suspect stopped the vehicle and examined his car and the injured child before fleeing the scene.

Witnesses followed the suspect to the Chrisman Motel in Smyrna and notified authorities of the drivers location. THP and Rutherford County Sheriffs Department officials arrived on the scene and initiated the preliminary investigation. State troopers confirmed with motel management that the suspect was a registered guest and attempted to make contact with the suspect. However, investigators failed to get a response by phone or through in-person attempts. THP personnel then requested assistance from the agencys Special Operations Unit and Criminal Investigation Division (CID).

After securing felony warrants from the Rutherford County District Attorneys Office, investigators made plans to breach the motel room door due to the suspects non-responsiveness. The Highway Patrols Special Operations troopers breached the door and made entry into the room, taking the suspect into custody without incident.

The 6-year old child was transported to Saint Thomas-Rutherford Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

This incident remains under investigation.


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