By Carlos Padilla
A Truth or Consequences woman has been arrested and is facing a number of charges stemming from an incident that took place Tuesday night, March 13.
Just after 8:30 p.m., Truth or Consequences Police Officer James Harrington was dispatched to an establishment on East Ninth Street due to a hit and run crash, and met with a man whose motorcycle was damaged in the incident.
The man’s wife, identified as 33-year-old Jennifer Long, reportedly had ran over his 2000 black Harley Davidson motorcycle with their white 2007 Chevy Uplander van, and then fled the scene.
Ms. Long reportedly entered the business a few minutes after her husband’s arrival there, threw her wedding ring at him and then left.
A witness who knows the couple then reportedly told the husband that his motorcycle had just been struck by another vehicle in the parking lot.
The husband told Officer Harrington that he ran outside in time to see his wife “drive off in a reckless manner eastbound on Ninth” Street.
The witness told Officer Harrington that she saw Ms. Long pull up in the van with four young children inside, and after parking the van, Ms. Long went inside and started yelling at her husband. The witness stated that after Ms. Long left, she got in the van and drove into the motorcycle, “pulled forward and struck the motorcycle again,” knocking it over into a red 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse, causing a small dent to the vehicle’s rear quarter panel.
At 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, Officer Harrington located Ms. Long at her residence, in the 200-block of North Coleman Street. Officer Harrington observed black scuffmarks on the lower driver’s side bumper area.
Ms. Long admitted that she confronted her husband and gave him her wedding ring, but denied hitting his motorcycle.
Two additional witnesses came forward and corroborated the statement provided by the first witness.
Jennifer Long has been arrested and charged with four criminal counts, including assault on a household member, criminal damage to property of a household member, immediate notice of an accident, and reckless driving. All four charges are considered misdemeanors.