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South Carolina woman threw snake at driver before stealing car, crashing through barricades

Police say a woman stole a vehicle after throwing a snake at the driver, then crashed through barricades.
Credit: Greenville Police Department

GREENVILLE, S.C. — A 29-year-old Greenville woman is out on bond after a bizzare incident that happened July 5 in downtown Greenville.

Around 8:25 p.m., Greenville Police Department patrol officers responded to a call about a carjacking. The female suspect, Hilmary Moreno-Berrios, allegedly threw sticks and what turned out to be a live, non-venomous snake at the victim before striking her with her fist and stealing her keys and vehicle.

A short time later, officers setting up a barricade for the Liberty Bridge Jump-Off event on July 6, observed a silver Honda CRV being driven recklessly through a set of water barricades and into the event site, causing damage to equipment.

Officer attempted to stop the driver but she continued driving through downtown Greenville -- first onto Broad Street, then onto Spring Street, where she struck another moving vehicle which was occupied by a mother and daughter.

Moreno-Berrios jumped from the passenger side of the Honda CRV and was pursued by a Greenville Police officer on foot. She was taken into custody, complaining of an injured shoulder and was transported to a local medical facility and remained under a doctor's care for psychiatric testing and evaluation through the weekend.

Greenville Police charged Moreno-Berrios with hit and run, failure to stop for blue lights, resisting arrest, driving on a closed street, and reckless driving.

 She was arraigned Tuesday morning and released on $25,000 bond.

The snake was released into the woods adjacent to the apartment community where the carjacking took place.

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