Police say crash downtown was intentional

Published 8:05 pm Thursday, April 4, 2024

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A one-vehicle crash in downtown Greenville on Tuesday, Apr. 2, was determined to be intentional, according to Greenville police.

Officers responded to a crash on Commerce Street in the afternoon and found that the female driver had gotten into an argument with a male passenger before leaving the roadway and driving into a tree. Greenville Police Chief Justin Lovvorn said the driver then attempted to flee the scene but was apprehended shortly afterward.

“The occupants were having an argument and the female got upset and struck a tree,” Lovvorn said. “She left on foot and we caught her right up the road.”

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The driver, whose identity has not been released, was arrested and charged with two counts of reckless endangerment, one count of child endangerment, and one count of criminal mischief. Lovvorn said injuries sustained in the crash were minor but the passengers have the option to pursue additional charges for the driver if they wish.

“Since it’s a misdemeanor, it’s up to the victims if they want additional charges, but it could be assault with a vehicle,” Lovvorn said on Wednesday. “She spent the night in jail and had the opportunity for a bond this morning and was released.”