A 49-year-old Sumter woman who allegedly made multiple attempts on consecutive days to run over a group of teenagers with her vehicle has been charged with four counts of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office reports.
Nancy Causey Meiler, of Blanche Road, was taken into custody Monday and transported to the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center for her alleged actions near Cherryvale Drive and Confederate Road on both Saturday and Sunday.
According to Deputy Ken Bell, public information officer for the sheriff’s office, one of the victims, a 14-year-old boy on a bicycle, broke his wrist while attempting to get out of the way of the oncoming vehicle, Another teen, this time a 15-year-old boy, was struck by the suspect’s vehicle, Bell said, but was not seriously injured.
The incidents began on Saturday, when Meiler allegedly attempted to run over the group of children who had gathered on the sidewalk near the intersection. According to the sheriff’s office, Meiler left the roadway and drove onto the sidewalk in an attempt o hit the two boys, and then turned around and made another pass at the duo before chasing them with her vehicle into a nearby parking lot.
The following day, near the same location on Confederate Road, Meiler attempted multiple times once again to strike a group of young men, which included the 15-year-old from the previous day. On this occasion, however, the incident was witnessed by a local business employee, who called law enforcement.
Bell said Meiler apparently thought she had been the victim of a crime herself. “She thought these kids had broken into her home,” Bell said, adding that not only were the children cleared of any burglary, but that Meiler had never reported any burglary to law enforcement and, in fact, no longer lives at the address she said was burgled. “Luckily they (the young men) were able to get away,” Bell said.
Bail has been denied for Meiler, and she remains in the local detention center as of Tuesday evening.