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Girl ejected; father charged

E.B. man allegedly left site where daughter lay injured

An East Brewton father is facing criminal charges following a Saturday crash that critically injured his daughter.

East Brewton Police Chief Kenny Brazile said Jason Ping, 35, is charged with driving under the influence, first-degree assault and leaving the scene of an accident with injuries.

“Officers were paged out just after 10 p.m. Saturday to the area of Ridge Road and Westin Drive in response to a crash,” Brazile said. “When they arrived, they found the 5-year-old girl had been ejected from the vehicle and suffered a number of severe injuries.

“Additionally, when officers arrived, Mr. Ping  – who was under the influence – was not in the immediate vicinity and was later located a short distance up the road where he was detained,” Brazile said.

The child, who was transported to D.W. McMillan Hospital and later air lifted to Baptist Hospital, suffered a broken hip, broken collarbone and a number of other injuries.

Brazile said Ping was also transferred to DWM, where he was treated for his injuries.

“Mr. Ping was taken into custody Monday afternoon following his release from the hospital,” Brazile said.

Ping was booked into the Escambia County Detention Center.