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East Ridge police officer on leave after suspected hit-and-run crash

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EAST RIDGE, TN (WRCB) -- East Ridge Police have placed Officer Sean Merriman on paid administrative leave pending an internal affairs investigation.

This comes after the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office responded to a motor vehicle crash in the 8300 block of Blue Spruce Dr. in Middle Valley involving Officer Merriman's personal vehicle.

A hit & run traffic crash was reported at approximately 2:35 a.m. Friday morning. Deputies arrived on scene to find a parked Chevrolet S-10 Pickup truck had been struck. 

The suspect vehicle left the scene but officers were able to follow a fuel trail to an address in the 8100 block of Blue Spruce Road where they found a 2004 Jeep Cherokee parked with heavy damage.

The vehicle was towed as being involved in a hit & run traffic crash.

The suspect vehicle was registered to Officer Merriman. 

The traffic crash investigation is on-going.

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