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Police: Parent intentionally hit school employee with SUV in drop-off line

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Theophus Orr (Source: Spartanburg Co. Detention) Theophus Orr (Source: Spartanburg Co. Detention)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An Upstate man is charged after police said he hit an employee at Spartanburg Prep School with part of his vehicle in February.

Officers were called to the school around 8:15 a.m. on Feb. 26 after the school's safety director said he was injured by a driver while working in the parent drop-off line.

According to the incident report, the victim said the driver of a white SUV pulled into the school property and got stuck in the drop-off line. Police said the victim told them he signaled on the driver to wait and recognized him as 42-year-old Theophus Orr, a parent with whom he had talked previously about drop off rules.

Officers said when the victim attempted to keep Orr's vehicle stopped, the driver suddenly accelerated towards him. The victim was then hit by the SUV's mirror, suffering an abrasion to his forearm and elbow pain, police said.

The incident report states that the school employee "believed the driver intentionally hit him."

When police interviewed Orr, they said he told the safety director jumped into the side of the car and began saying he was hit.

After reviewing surveillance video, police said it appeared the SUV swerved into the victim.

Orr was charged with third-degree assault and battery.

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