Woman throws snake at driver in carjacking

GREENVILLE, South Carolina (AP) — Police said a woman stole a vehicle after throwing a snake at the driver, then crashed through barricades set up for a pole-vaulting exhibition in South Carolina.

In a statement, Greenville Police identified the suspect as 29-year-old Hilmary Moreno-Berrios. She was hurt in last Friday’s crash and released from the hospital on Monday.

Authorities said Moreno-Berrios demanded a woman’s keys and threw a live black snake at her. They said she then drove the stolen SUV with the snake still in it into barriers set up for the Liberty Bridge Jump-Off.

Moreno-Berrios is charged with carjacking, malicious damage to property and five traffic violations. It was not known whether she had a lawyer to contact for comment on her behalf.

Police said the snake was not venomous and was released in nearby woods.