Horry County trooper’s wife charged with filing false police report

December 5, 2012 

The wife of an S.C. Highway Patrol trooper, who resigned this week, is facing charges herself in connection with the hit and run incident that lead to his arrest on Monday, according to the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office.

Crystal Bridges, 30, of Conway is charged Wednesday afternoon with filing a false police report, a felony, said Carrie Cuthbertson, public information officer for the Georgetown Sheriff’s Office.

She is married to Christopher Lee “C.L.” Bridges, 31, who was a lance corporal with the highway patrol since 2007 and assigned to Troop 5, Post D in Horry County. He surrendered to Horry County Sheriff deputies on Monday afternoon to face charges related to three pedestrians being hit near a Myrtle Beach area gentleman’s club and leaving the scene, according to authorities.

The charge Crystal Bridges is facing stems from that incident, Cuthbertson said.

At 12:30 a.m. Monday, Crystal Bridges called the sheriff’s office to report her vehicle was stolen from the Beaver Bar in Murrells Inlet, Cuthbertson said. Deputies entered the vehicle into the National Crime Information Center as being stolen and soon after the Horry County Sheriff’s Office contacted Georgetown authorities to report the vehicle was involved in a hit and run crash.

Police determined Crystal Bridges filed a false police report, Cuthbertson said.

On Wednesday, deputies met with Bridges at the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office and took her into custody without incident. She is being held at the Georgetown County Detention Center pending a bond hearing.

Bridges’ husband, Christopher, was released after a few hours at J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway on $3,000 bail, according to jail records.

He is charged with three counts of hit and run with an accident involving minor personal injuries stemming from an incident early Sunday, Horry County sheriff Sgt. Jeff Benton said.

Bridges was in his personal vehicle traveling on Jason Boulevard near the Gold Club, which is off U.S. 501, when his vehicle struck three pedestrians, Benton said. Bridges got out of his vehicle, checked on the well-being of the pedestrians and then called 911 to report the incident.

Bridges then left the scene.

Through witness descriptions and the investigation, officers were able to find Bridges at his home several hours later after the incident, which occurred between 2:45 and 3:15 a.m. Sunday, Benton said.

The victims were taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center and treated and released, Benton said.

Sherri Iacobelli with the department of public safety said on Monday a “personnel action was taken as a result of an investigation by the SCDPS Office of Professional Responsibility and pending charges from the Horry County Sheriff’s Office.” Bridges was suspended without pay Sunday before he resigned his position.

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723.

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