UPDATE: Ringgold restaurant owner releases statement on visit by hit and run suspect
UPDATE: Channel 3 is learning more about the investigation of a hit and run over the weekend that killed a Chattanooga police officer.
The owners of Farm to Fork in Ringgold, Hugh and Lori Harris, said in a Facebook post that investigators from the Chattanooga Police Department went to the restaurant to learn more about the visit of 54-year-old Janet Elaine Hinds, the woman charged in the hit and run that killed Officer Nicholas Galinger on Saturday night.
Chattanooga police confirm to Channel 3, investigators went to the restaurant to follow up on Hinds' visit.
Hugh Harris said in the post that Hinds arrived at the restaurant at 7:02 p.m. on Saturday, and left at 10:37 p.m., according to her receipt.
Harris said investigators interviewed his general manager and the restaurant provided them with video along with Hinds' receipt that totaled $19.55.
Harris said that Hinds spoke to several employees and all of those employees told investigators that Hinds showed no signs of impairment.
Hugh and Lori Harris expressed their deepest sympathies over the loss of Officer Nicholas Galinger and said they released the statement to remain transparent.
Here is the entire statement from Hugh and Lori Harris:
"Statement : First ,let me say that Lori and I are deeply saddened by the loss of Officer Nicholas Galinger From the Hamilton County Police Department , I know he was a Son a Father and Husband. What a tragic situation for everyone involved and especially an Officer on duty protecting us. I want to let everyone know that Janet Hines was a patron at Farm to Fork that very tragic evening AND THAT DESPITE what some papers and tv stations are writing and reporting that they are seeking the whereabouts of the suspect are either wrong or they just want to sensationalize an already terrible accident, misjudgment or a crime commented by Mrs Janet Hines ...... Here’s why I can say this ....The Hamilton County Police Department visited and interviewed on SUNDAY , Our assistant General Manager , Christy Hill and were provided by Ms Hill the camera footage and Mrs Hinds receipt which totaled $ 19.55 over a 3 1/2 time period. Mrs Hines came in at 7:02 and Checked her tab out at 10:37 She also spoke with many of the Staff Including Our Director of Entertainment which all said she showed no signs of impairment as it was captured on the 3 video cameras and the receipt of $19.55 was given to Hamilton County Police Department on SUNDAY. At this time we can’t reply anything else because of the still active investigation. I do want to add that the area paper that reported they were cut off each time called during peak hours and the call simply timed out or they hung up before we could get to them. Thank you for reading this as this is as transparent as we can be .... And once again we are deeply saddened by the loss of Life. There’s been A lot of opinions and speculation on Social Media about what happened and at the end of the day a young man lost his life and we choose to let the Professionals at the Hamilton County Police department proceed with their investigations and conclude it so the families can have closure. Hugh and Lori"
Chattanooga police said the hit and run happened in the 2900 block of Hamill Road around 11:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Police say Hinds turned herself in on Monday morning.
Hinds is being held on a $300,000 bond.
She is scheduled to appear in court on March 5.
Chattanooga police said investigators will continue to follow up on all leads.
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PREVIOUS UPDATE: Chattanooga police are asking for the public's help with gathering information about the location of the woman who charged in the deadly hit and run of an officer.
Police are asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of 54-year-old Janet Elaine Hinds prior to 11:04 p.m. on Saturday, February 23 to please come forward.
Hinds is charged in the fatal hit and run of Chattanooga Police Office Nicholas Galinger.
"Anything that could explain Janet Hinds' whereabouts or behavior prior to the loss of Ofc. Galinger is needed for CPD's Traffic Unit to build the case for prosecution," said CPD Traffic Investigator Joe Warren. "Right now we are early on in the investigation and even the smallest detail could be helpful."
Hamilton County court records show Hinds has not faced any major criminal charges prior to Saturday's incident. Records show she pleaded guilty to speeding in 1998. City court records show that she was found guilty of speeding in 1993 and 2001.
Anyone with information, photos, video, etc... is asked to please call (423) 698-2525, submit a tip in the Chattanooga PD mobile app, or contact lead investigator Joe Warren by email.
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PREVIOUS UPDATE: The woman wanted in the deadly hit-and-run of a Chattanooga Police Officer is now facing multiple charges following her surrender Monday morning.
Janet Elaine Hinds now faces nine charges including vehicular homicide.
According to court records, Hinds was traveling on Hamill Road at a high speed during poor weather conditions Saturday night.
Hinds then hit a warning sign that was placed by police before hitting Officer Nicholas Galinger, who was responding to an overflowing manhole.
The 38-year-old officer was transported to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Galinger had just recently graduated from the police academy.
FULL LIST OF CHARGES:
- Vehicular homicide
- Reckless driving
- Leaving scene accident death or personal injury
- Failure to report an accident
- Failure to render aid
- Violation of traffic control device
- Drivers to exercise due to care
- Failure to maintain lane
Janet Elaine Hinds' bond was set at $300,000 with stipulations from the judge to include house arrest and no driving.
Stay with Channel 3 for updates.
PREVIOUS UPDATE: According to the Chattanooga Police Department's Twitter, the driver accused of hitting and killing a Chattanooga Police Officer in a hit-and-run is in police custody.
Janet Elaine Hinds turned herself in just before 10 o'clock Monday morning.
Stay with Channel 3 for updates on this developing story.
PREVIOUS STORY: A woman wanted in connection to the hit and run death of a Chattanooga police officer has been added to TBI's Top 10 Most Wanted list.
Janet Elaine Hinds is wanted for vehicular homicide.
The incident happened around 11:00 Saturday night near the 2900 block of Hamill Road.
A spokesperson for the Chattanooga Police Department tells Channel 3 Officer Nicholas Galinger, 38, was inspecting a manhole cover that had water flowing from it around 11:00 Saturday night.
If you know Janet Elaine Hinds, please call 1-800-TBI-FIND with information concerning her whereabouts.