DUI suspect denied bond in deadly Spartanburg Co. crash


SPARTANBURG Co., S.C. (WSPA) – A man was denied bond in connection to a fatal head-on crash last month in Spartanburg County.

The S.C. Highway Patrol charged Ryan Severa, 23, of Spartanburg with felony DUI resulting in death and felony DUI with great bodily injury.

The wreck happened Aug. 26 near the intersection of Chesnee Highway and Cleveland Chapel Road, killing 66-year-old Glen Calvert Perkins of Pauline and injuring Perkins’ wife.

Troopers said Severa was headed north on Highway 221 when the minivan he was driving crossed the center line and crashed into a Dodge pickup truck traveling in the opposite direction. Perkins, who was driving the pickup truck, died at the scene.

Perkins’ wife was also inside the truck. She was hurt and taken by EMS to the hospital.

Ben Sawyer, assistant solicitor with the Seventh Circuit Solicitor’s Office, said at a bond hearing that Severa broke into a U-Haul storage business before the crash, just a little more than a mile away from the crash location.

Sawyer said, in surveillance video, Severa was seen beating the door to the business several times until the glass broke.

After the incident at the business, Sawyer said Severa drove with no lights, and investigators found an open bottle of bourbon in plain sight inside the minivan he was driving.

A magistrate judge denied Severa bond on Thursday.

Severa remains in the Spartanburg County Detention Center.

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