Airman, son of Army 1SG charged with injuring 5-year-old during a hit and run

Russel Dinkins, a member of the U.S. Air Force, was arrested on Tuesday in connection to a hit and run. (Facebook/ Wayne County Detention Center)

Goldsboro, NC – An airman at Seymour Johnson has been arrested and charged in connection with a hit and run that occurred on Monday evening.

Police allege Russell Dinkins, 23, stuck a 5-year-old around 6:55 p.m. while he was crossing Berkeley Boulevard with his mother in Goldsboro.

After the incident, the child was first taken to Wayne UNC Health Care and then transferred to Vidant Medical Center.

Goldsboro Police say they made Russell Dinkins, 23,  a person of interest in the case, but they did not charge him with felony hit & run and delaying and obstructing an investigation until he turned himself in at the Wayne County magistrate’s office on Tuesday.

After he was interviewed, he was released, but police say they arrested him that evening.

Dinkins is an active duty member of the U.S. Air Force and is stationed at the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, according to WITN.  Dinkins father, Russel Dinkins, is a First Sergeant in the Georgia National Guard.

Dinkins is being held at the Wayne County Detention Center on a $50,000 secured bond.

The Goldsboro Police Department says the investigation is on-going and additional charges are still expected.

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