LAVERKIN — A LaVerkin woman was arrested Monday on charges of criminal mischief, threats of violence and unlawful control of a motor vehicle after she failed to return a car she borrowed, caused damage to the car and also became violent toward the car’s owner.
Charlie Patricia Nelson, 21, of LaVerkin, was arrested after LaVerkin Police Officer Amber Crouse was dispatched to a report of a female smashing the windshield of a man’s vehicle with a crowbar on Monday, according to the probable cause statement filed by Crouse in support of the arrest.
“I made contact with the male and he stated he allowed Charlie Nelson to take his vehicle to Walgreens and a counseling session and she never returned it,” Crouse said in the statement.
Nelson had the car for four days, the probable cause statement said. The man said he did not report the car as stolen because Nelson had her young child in the vehicle. He said he had texted Nelson several times telling her to bring the car back, also informing her that he needed the car to get to a job interview.
“The male stated he went to her residence to get the car and she yelled at him and threatened to blow his head off,” Crouse said in the statement. “A witness also stated that Charlie told the male if she had a gun she would blow his head off.”
Nelson smashed the car’s windshield with a crowbar and also broke the review mirror, broke the vehicle’s key and broke the man’s prescription glasses, both the man and a witness reported.
Crouse contacted Nelson at her residence, and Nelson admitted to being angry when she broke the car windshield. However, she told Crouse she did not remember making threats to the man.
“She stated her son broke the glasses and she broke the key in the door,” Crouse said in the statement.
Nelson told Crouse the male victim was a friend of her dad’s and that he had told her the car was for her.
“She stated she didn’t know why she did this,” Crouse wrote in the statement.
Nelson was arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility on charges of unlawful control of a motor vehicle, a third-degree felony; criminal mischief, a class A misdemeanor; and threats of violence, a class B misdemeanor.
In an email to St. George News, Crouse said because the arrest was made after the incident occurred at Nelson’s home, Nelson’s child was left in the care of his legal guardian.
Nelson remains in custody with bail set at $6,166 at the time of this publication.
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