The Sandy Springs Police Department has arrested a suspect accused of hitting with her vehicle an off-duty officer directing traffic during the morning rush hour June 3.
In a news release emailed to the media at 4:03 p.m., the police announced suspect Madison Kelley Leftwich, 25, of Atlanta, was arrested at about 3 p.m. Leftwich is charged with hit and run, failure to obey an officer directing traffic, serious injury by vehicle, reckless driving and lane violation. Also, her car was located at a nearby apartment complex.
According to an earlier news release, just before 8 a.m., an officer was struck on Powers Ferry Road in front of the One River Place condominium development. The officer, who was not identified by police, was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released. He received several stitches and is home recovering.
The red vehicle that hit the officer fled the scene east on Powers Ferry Road and turned north on New Northside Drive. The police had earlier in the day emailed the media stating it was asking for the public’s help in finding the suspect and/or her car, describing her as a female with long hair and the vehicle as a newer model red Toyota Corolla, with a temporary tag.
“Due to the great work by the detectives in the criminal intelligence unit, we were able to locate the suspect and vehicle in a timely manner,” the later release stated. “Thank you to all who assisted in the case.”
She was denied bond at a hearing June 4, and her next court date for preliminary hearing will be June 18 at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 1D at the Fulton County Courthouse, said Tracy Flanagan, spokeswoman for the Fulton Sheriff’s Office.
At the Sandy Springs City Council meeting Jan. 4, Police Chief Ken DeSimone gave an update on the officer when asked by District 1 Councilman John Paulson.
“The officer is home resting with his family. He will probably be out for a week or so,” DeSimone said. “The citizens of Sandy Springs deserve the credit here. They called it in on his radio, saying, ‘Officer down.’ When we heard that, everybody responded.”