ROCK HILL — Police arrested a Rock Hill man they say stole a woman’s car and then crashed it on Tuesday.
Officers were sent to the 1300 block of Russell Street after receiving word of a two-car accident at about 11 a.m., a Rock Hill police report states. When they arrived, they found that the 2011 Mazda was unoccupied.
The driver of the other car, a 29-year-old Rock Hill woman, said the man driving the Mazda ran on Blake Street towards Haynes Street after giving her his ID, the report states. The ID belonged to Knovell Hemphill, also 29, of 1316 McCullough St.
While on scene, the Mazda’s owner, a 30-year-old woman, arrived and told police that Hemphill called her to say he crashed her car, the report states. She said Hemphill had been at her house just a few minutes earlier and said he needed to go to the store.
The woman said she told Hemphill he wasn’t allowed to take her car, the report states. Preoccupied with caring for her two children, the woman didn’t notice until several minutes later that her car and Hemphill were gone.
When Hemphill called her, the woman found him at the corner of Blake Street and Haynes Street, she told police. He gave her the keys and told her where her car would be. The woman told police where she last saw Hemphill and what he was wearing, the report states. Police tracked Hemphill to his home and placed him under arrest, charging him with grand larceny auto.
Damage to the car is estimated at $3,000, police say. By Wednesday morning, Hemphill was still in jail, held on a $50,000 bond for the grand larceny charge and $1,200 bond for driving under suspension.