Daren Matthew Crider, age 44 of Knoxville, has been charged with second-degree theft for allegedly stealing a motor vehicle.
At around 4:40 p.m. Feb. 10, Knoxville Police Officer Kyle Eastwood responded to a two-vehicle accident at Hy-Vee. The driver of the second vehicle had left the scene prior to Eastwood’s arrival and without exchanging insurance information.
Eastwood made contact with the vehicle’s registered owner, who had reported it stolen. Video evidence, and witnesses, allege that Crider was the driver of the vehicle. He had taken the vehicle without permission, according to court documents.
The officer followed up with the owner nine days later, who alleges that Crider had not made contact with her, nor informed her of the crash. Eastwood came to the conclusion that the suspect intended to permanently deprive her of the vehicle.
Crider was charged with second-degree theft, possession of a controlled substance, leaving the scene of an accident, driving without a license and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $5,000.
As with any criminal case, the suspect is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.