Greenville man charged with attempted murderPublished 6:01pm Wednesday, January 1, 2014
A Greenville man has been arrested on charges of attempted murder following police accusations that he choked his girlfriend, and later forced her to crash the vehicle the couple and their two-month-old child were traveling in.
According to authorities, LaDarrius Powell choked his girlfriend and then forced her and their two-month-old child into a vehicle, which he later crashed into a ditch in the early morning hours of Dec. 28.
No one was seriously injured in the crash.
Lt. Justin Lovvorn of the Greenville Police Department said the incident began with the couple arguing. When Powell’s girlfriend left her apartment on Carver Circle to use a neighbor’s phone to call police, Powell allegedly caught the woman and forced her and their child into the car.
“He told her that he was on probation and he wasn’t going to prison,” Lovvorn said. “They were headed down New Searcy Road when they started arguing again. The victim stated that she was driving at the time and that LaDarrius pulled up on the emergency brake to make the car skid out of control. It left the roadway and rolled over.”
A passerby then gave the woman a ride to her mother’s apartment where she called police to report the incident.
Powell has been charged with two counts of attempted murder and has also been charged with criminal mischief.
He is being held at the Butler County Correctional Facility without bond.