BRISTOL - Police have arrested a New Britain woman who they say crashed her car in a wooded area off of Jacobs Street in December, then left the scene without reporting the accident.
Keneisha Griner, 40, is charged with reckless driving, evading responsibility and restricted turns.
According to the arrest warrant, police received an anonymous report on Dec. 7, at about 4:40 a.m., of a a car having hit a guardrail and gone into the woods near Rockwell Park.
Investigators found the car, a Honda Civic, off the north side of the road. The doors were locked and airbags had been deployed.
Police said skid marks about 80 feet long led to the Civic. The engine was still warm.
Police attempted to find the driver using a dog, but were unsuccessful.
Officers found that the vehicle was registered to a New Britain woman, who told police days later that she had not been in Connecticut for the past few months.
She also said her daughter, Griner, had been allowed to use the vehicle.
When police spoke to Griner, she said she had been driving to her son’s house around 4 a.m. on Dec. 7 when the steering wheel locked up, causing her to lose control and drive into the woods, the warrant said.
She told officers she was not injured in the wreck and didn’t know she was supposed to report it to police, according to the document.
Police got a warrant for Griner’s arrest, and she was charged earlier this month. She is free on a $500 non-surety bond and is scheduled to be arraigned in Bristol Superior Court today.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.