Car crashes into apartment; no one hurt
by Chris Norwood
TALLADEGA — A man and woman were arrested Tuesday after the woman drove her car into an occupied apartment in Curry Court, according to Police Chief Alan Watson.

The driver, Charmaine McCombs, 32, was charged with reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident and public intoxication. Armetrius Dontrell Lyons, 35, the male subject, was arrested on a warrant for shooting into an occupied vehicle in connection with an incident on 18th Street Dec. 1. His bond was set at $20,000.

The wreck occurred at 1:31 p.m. Tuesday, when McCombs 1993 Toyota Camry left the roadway and hit the side of apartment 191, knocking down most of the bedroom wall. The occupant of that apartment was home at the time of the wreck, but was in another room and was not injured.

McCombs’ 3-year-old child was in the car with her and Lyons at the time of the accident. Immediately afterwards, McCombs took the child and attempted to flee. She was arrested about 20 minutes later, near 150 Curry Court. Lyons stayed in the car and was arrested on warrants when the police arrived, Watson said.

Talladega Housing Authority Executive Director Nettie Goodwin said she was glad no one was injured and said she believed the wall could be repaired in time for the resident to sleep in his own apartment Tuesday night.

Shooting into an unoccupied vehicle is a Class C felony in Alabama, punishable upon conviction by 10 years in prison.

Leaving the scene of an accident without injury, reckless endangerment and public intoxication are all misdemeanors, punishable by up to 12 months in the county jail.

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