Newberry Co. Deputy Hit by Car, Woman Charged -

Newberry Co. Deputy Hit by Car, Woman Charged

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A woman is facing charges after officials say she nearly ran down a Newberry County Sheriff's deputy.

The deputy was responding to a traffic accident on Highway 395 near Mendenhall Road just before midnight on Monday. Officials say the car hit a deer.

While the deputy was on scene, a green Mustang approached the accident scene, swerved off the road and hit the deputy's patrol car. It then crossed a ditch and hit the deputy on the leg. He was treated and released from Newberry Hospital for minor injuries.

"This is another example of the many dangers that law enforcement officers face," said Sheriff Lee Foster. "This seemingly routine call could have turned deadly had it not been for the quick actions of the deputy to avoid the oncoming car."

The SC Highway Patrol has identified the driver as 39-year-old Tonya Dawn Crapps of Prosperity. She's now charged with Reckless Driving.

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