Police: Impaired Driver Kills Puppy Tethered To Front Bumper

Suspect Accused Of Threatening Police Officer, EMS Worker

Police have arrested a 45 year-old woman on multiple charges following an accident in the parking lot of a Selma motel.

Selma Police and Johnston County EMS responded to a motor vehicle accident in the parking lot of the Knights Inn on Graham Street around 9:30pm last Thursday, July 5th.

According to police and eyewitnesses, Gloria Denise Mitchell of G Long Drive, Garner got into a pickup truck in the parking lot.  A small puppy on a leash had been tied to the front bumper.  Mitchell reportedly accelerated rapidly through the parking lot, causing pedestrians to have to jump out of the way to avoid being struck before the truck crashed into a parked U-Haul with such force it  was knocked into a second vehicle.

Witnesses said the small puppy was dragged by the speeding truck across the pavement in the parking lot then pulled under the truck where it was fatally injured. The collar on the dog broke and it’s body came to rest prior to the crash.

Police said Mitchell attempted to walk away from the scene and claimed someone else was behind the wheel.  Mitchell reportedly threatened an EMS worker saying, “I would beat her a** and rip her throat out and drink her blood for being a little b**ch.”   She then allegedly threatened a police officer saying, “You better wear your vest around your head the next time you come to work because I’ll shoot you in the f**king head. I ain’t no little b**ch. If I see you without the uniform I will f**k you up b**ch.”

Mitchell was treated and released at Johnston Health in Smithfield for minor injuries. Inside the ER, police said she caused a disturbance.

According to a police report, Mitchell had a blood alcohol content of 0.34, more than 4 times higher than the legal limit of .08. Police also suspect Mitchell had consumed methadone and marijuana prior to the crash, possibly adding to her impairment level.

Security video footage at the motel captured the dog being killed and the crash.  The video is not being released because it is evidence in Mitchell’s upcoming trial.

Mitchell is facing several charges including driving while impaired, cruelty to animals and communicating threats.

Police said several of the eyewitnesses to the accident came forward to give the small puppy a proper burial.