The Richmond Register

March 25, 2014

Woman charged with felony wanton endangerment following wreck


Register Staff Report

BEREA — A woman was charged Friday with felony wanton endangerment and driving under the influence (second offense) following a motor vehicle collision on Richmond Road in Berea.

Rebecca Venter, 44, Berea, also was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and failure to maintain insurance.

When Berea officers received a report about the wreck, the caller said one of the drivers appeared to be under the influence and was attempting to leave the scene, according to the BPD report.

After the officer arrived, he reported that Venter had slurred speech and constricted pupils. He also reported that Venter had gone well beyond a place to stop the vehicle following the collision, and someone had to tell her to stop.

Venter also had two minor children in the vehicle, the BPD reported.

Venter was taken to the Madison County Detention Center, and workers with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services were contacted to assist with the children, according to BPD spokesperson Sgt. Jake Reed.

Burglaries reported Friday

Officers were called to Short Line Storage on Madison Street in reference to a theft Friday. The locks were cut off of several buildings and items were taken from inside. Estimated loss: $2,485.

Also Friday, a resident in the 100 block of Oak Street reported that a door to their residence was forced open and items were taken from the home. Estimated loss: $300.

Misdemeanor arrested

From March 18 to Monday, Berea police made the following misdemeanor arrests:

• One person for public intoxication

• One person for operating a motor vehicle under the influence (second offense)

• One person for violating a Kentucky emergency protective order

• Four people for operating a motor vehicle under the influence (first offense)

• One person for theft by unlawful taking, shoplifting, merchandise totaling $16.58 from Walmart.

Anyone with information about these cases is asked to call the Berea Police Department at 986-8456.