ROCKINGHAM — A man accused of ramming his car into his girlfriend’s minivan and flipping it onto its roof now faces more than a half-dozen felony assault charges in the wreck.
Richmond County sheriff’s deputies on Monday filed 13 charges against 39-year-old Mark Todd McDonald in connection with the May 11 crash. Charging documents say McDonald, of 1008 Whitlock Drive, Rockingham, intentionally ran the minivan off the road.
“It’s a very serious incident,” Sheriff James E. Clemmons Jr. said. “You have to know inherently that you are going to cause serious injury or death. When you use a vehicle in the manner in which he was using his vehicle, it is a deadly weapon. This is an individual who meant them harm.”
McDonald was driving a 1995 Chevrolet Caprice when he struck the woman’s 2003 Honda Odyssey van on Old Charlotte Highway west of Rockingham, arrest warrants state. Since McDonald’s girlfriend owns the Chevrolet he was driving, he faces criminal charges for causing damage to both vehicles.
The 8:10 p.m. crash on May 11 injured McDonald’s girlfriend and four passengers in her van, deputies said. Two patients were airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte for trauma care and the others were treated att FirstHealth Richmond Memorial Hospital, Chief Deputy Mark Gulledge said Monday.
McDonald’s girlfriend had an active domestic violence protective order preventing him from having any contact with her at the time of the crash.
Authorities said McDonald left the scene and was later arrested in Anson County. The N.C. Highway Patrol assisted Richmond County deputies with the investigation.
Deputies on Monday charged McDonald with three counts each of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and misdemeanor assault on a female, two counts each of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and causing injury to personal property and one count each of reckless driving to endanger, felony hit and run resulting in injury and violating a domestic violence protective order by using a deadly weapon.
McDonald is being held in the Richmond County Jail under a $500,000 secured bond.
SHOOTING SUSPECT CAUGHT
A Hamlet teenager accused of shooting an acquaintance in the hand last week is behind bars after three days on the run.
Richmond County deputies captured 17-year-old Jacob Tray McKenzie of 506 Minturn Ave. late Saturday in Bennettsville, S.C., the sheriff said Monday. McKenzie was arguing with Jamie Lee Ledwell when he pulled out a gun and shot Ledwell in the hand near a Duncan Road home last Wednesday, according to charging documents.
Ledwell was not seriously injured in the shooting. He was treated at the Rockingham hospital and released.
Deputies had asked for the public’s help to find McKenzie and had spent three days searching for him before he surfaced near Bennettsville. Clemmons said the teen waived extradition and accompanied deputies back to Richmond County.
McKenzie is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and possession of a firearm with altered or removed serial numbers. He’s jailed under a $100,000 secured bond.
Clemmons said Bennettsville police and Marlboro County (S.C.) sheriff’s deputies assisted Richmond County deputies in McKenzie’s capture.
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