Venisha Brown is being charged with theft by taking a motor vehicle in Richmond County and is being held for North Augusta authorities, Richmond County sheriff’s Investigator Billy Dixon said Tuesday.
North Augusta Public Safety has issued warrants against Brown for possession of a stolen vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident and first-degree assault and battery.
Police were called to the intersection of West and Pine Grove avenues in North Augusta about 9 a.m. Monday, where they found Hope Ellis Campbell, 46, of Grovetown, with injuries.
Campbell told officers she had spotted her employee, Brown, in a Chevrolet Suburban stolen from St. Stephen Ministries on Greene Street on Sunday and was trying to gain control of the vehicle when she was injured.
Campbell told officers that she reached into the sport utility vehicle to take the keys but that Brown accelerated, dragging Campbell into and over the hood of another vehicle parked near the Suburban.
Richmond County deputies recovered the SUVabout 1 a.m. Tuesday at 13th Street and Walton Way.
About two hours later, deputies were called to an altercation in the 500 block of Broad Street, where they found Brown arguing with another woman.