Wesson resigns from DeKalb police force

Published: Saturday, March 9, 2013 5:30 a.m.CDT

DeKALB – The DeKalb police officer who is accused of hitting a pedestrian while driving his truck resigned Friday, city officials said.

City Attorney Dean Frieders said Darrick L. Wesson –who is charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, driving under the influence of alcohol, and improper lane use –said the resignation was voluntary.

“He is no longer a police officer for the city of DeKalb,” Frieders said, declining to comment further.

Wesson was off-duty Feb. 20 when his pickup truck allegedly struck a 26-year-old DeKalb man who was walking along South Malta Road.

The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and records show the truck slowed but continued driving. Wesson was placed on paid leave later that day.

If Wesson is convicted of the most serious charge, he would face probation or up to 3 years in prison.

He would also be ineligible to work as a police officer.

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