Shortly after 9 a.m. Monday, officers were dispatched to the intersection of West and Pine Grove avenues and found Hope Ellis Campbell, 46, of Grovetown, injured, according to an e-mail from Lt. Tim Thornton.
Campbell, executive director of St. Stephen, told officers she had spotted Venisha Brown, an employee who had stolen a gray Chevrolet Suburban from the ministry on Greene Street in Augusta.
Campbell said she reached into the car to try to take the keys, but Brown quickly accelerated, dragging Campbell into and over the hood of another vehicle parked in front of the Suburban, according to Thornton. The extent of her injuries was not released.
Brown drove away and was last seen headed into Georgia across the 13th Street Bridge.
Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Jimmy Young said Brown took the Suburban from the ministries’ building on Sunday and Campbell had reported the theft.
Brown is charged in warrants with possession of a stolen vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident and first degree assault and battery.