MYRTLE BEACH — A Myrtle Beach woman is facing charges after witnesses say she hit the father of her child with her car on Saturday before nearly causing a wreck while driving with a 1-year-old child, according to an Horry County police report.
Ashley Nichole Martin, 22, is charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and unlawful neglect of a child or helpless person by legal custodian. She is being held at J. Reuben Long Detention Center on $15,000 bail.
Police responded about 4 p.m. Saturday to the 8800 block of S.C. 707, where a man was on the ground in front of a mobile home.
Witnesses told police Martin and the man were arguing and he got out of the car, slammed the door and starting walking toward the home, when Martin sped forward and hit him with the vehicle, the report said. The witnesses said the woman then sped into southbound traffic on S.C. 707 with a 1-year-old child in the back seat and nearly caused a car crash.
Martin told police she went to the man’s home to get money to purchase items for the child. She said she left once he gave her the cash, went to the Dollar General and then home. Police said she changed her story several times, saying people were outside the home and then that everyone was inside.
The man was taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center for treatment. At the hospital, he told police the two had argued about him going out the previous night. He said she floored the vehicle before hitting him, then “recklessly sped out of his driveway” straight into traffic, according to the report.
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