Woman throws snake at driver in SC carjacking, police say

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) – Police say a woman stole a vehicle after throwing a nonvenomous snake at the driver, then crashed through barricades set up for a pole vaulting exhibition in a South Carolina city.

This photo provided by the Greenville Police Department shows Hilmary Moreno-Berrios. Police say Moreno-Berrios stole a vehicle after throwing a nonpoisonous snake at the driver, then crashed through barricades set up for a pole vaulting exhibition Friday, July 5, 2019, in the South Carolina city. (Greenville Police Department via AP)

In a news release, Greenville Police identified the suspect as 29-year-old Hilmary Moreno-Berrios. They said she was hurt in Friday’s crash, and released from the hospital on Monday.

Authorities say Moreno-Berrios demanded a woman’s keys and threw a live, black snake at her. They say she then drove the stolen SUV with the snake still in it into barriers set up for the Liberty Bridge Jump-Off.

Moreno-Berrios is charged with carjacking, malicious damage to property and five traffic violations. It wasn’t known if she had a lawyer.

Police say the snake was released in nearby woods.

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