Woman faces charges after hit-and-run accident

Published 9:00 am Thursday, November 30, 2017

A Hampton woman faces criminal charges after police say she struck a pedestrian with her car and then left the scene of the accident.

Deputies of the Carter County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kellie Holtsclaw, 31, 158 Spring St., Hampton, on Sunday evening and charged her with filing a false report and leaving the scene of an accident.

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Around 8 p.m. on Sunday, deputies responded to a home on Hobart Hyder Drive after someone called 911 to report a hit-and-run vehicular assault. When deputies arrived, they spoke with a woman who said she had been walking on Coal Chute Road when a grey vehicle swerved over and hit her. The woman said the driver did not stop after hitting her and was driving at a high speed when the accident happened.

According to court documents, an emergency medical vehicle saw a vehicle matching the description provided by the woman and alerted deputies to the approximate location of the car.

CCSO Deputy Nathaniel Swymer and Lt. Derrick Hamm responded to the area and reported finding the vehicle parked at 227 Centerview Drive.

“Lt. Hamm and I made contact with Ms. Kellie Holtsclaw who stated she had been with her boyfriend Josh Whitehead in the vehicle,” Swymer said, adding Holtsclaw told the officers Whitehead had been driving.

After speaking with Holtsclaw, Swymer said they contacted Whitehead and asked him to come to the home on Centerview Drive to talk to them.

“Upon Mr. Whitehead’s arrival I asked him if he was driving,” Swymer said. “Initially Mr. Whitehead stated he was driving. However, after I detained Mr. Whitehead, he said ‘I want to hear her say I was driving. I would never hit someone in a car and leave.’”

“I then brought Ms. Holtsclaw out to ask who was the driver,” Swymer continued. “Ms. Holtsclaw confessed to being the driver and stated ‘I swear to God I didn’t see anyone. I don’t believe I hit someone.’”

Deputies arrested Holtsclaw and transported her to the Carter County Detention Center.

Holtsclaw appeared in Carter County General Sessions Court on Monday morning for arraignment. Judge Keith Bowers Jr. appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Holtsclaw and set her bond at $1,000.

Following her court appearance on Monday, Holtsclaw posted the $1,000 bond and was released from the Carter County Detention Center. She is scheduled to return to General Sessions Court on Dec. 18.