Officer Struck While Responding To Hit-&-Run

Posted at 7:18 AM, Jan 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-21 15:38:17-05

A police officer was hurt while responding to an early morning hit-and-run crash.

The officer was on Interstate 40 East near Fesslers Lane investigating a hit-and-run around 5:40 a.m. Sunday. Several lanes were shut down at the time after two people were hit by a driver who didn't stop.

In that initial crash, the hit-and-run driver was later pulled over in Coffee County by officials with the Tennessee Highway Patrol. The suspect was suspected of DUI.

Both victims were taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in critical but stable condition.

While an officer was having the vehicle from the first crash towed away, reports stated Officer Tyler Manivong was on scene assisting. He was in his patrol car with his blue lights activated when he was hit by an alleged drunk driver.

Manivong was named on Friday as one of the department's Officers of the Year for 2017. Following the crash Sunday morning, he was taken to the hospital and released, and authorities confirmed he was recovering at home.

Police said Officer Manivong was hit by 22-year-old Tyler Kelley, of Columbia. Kelley was charged with second offense DUI and was being held on a $3,500 bond.