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Man charged after crashing into church

Posted: Updated: Dec 3, 2012 09:21 AM
John Griffith III (Greenville Police Dept.) John Griffith III (Greenville Police Dept.)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Greenville police said they arrested a man who drove his car into a local church, causing thousands of dollars worth of damage.

Police said they charged John Griffith III, 39, with malicious damage greater than $10,000 after he drove into the sanctuary of Little Zion Baptist Church on North Vance Street about 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

Witnesses reported hearing a loud boom, before coming out to find a car driving around the church building.

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Griffith admitted he drove into the church on purpose, causing $30,000 in damage, police said. No motive was given.

They said he was not a member of the church. He is being held at the Greenville County Detention Center on $7,500 bond.

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