An Aiken woman accused of stealing from her employer faces additional charges after allegedly causing a traffic collision while fleeing the business, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.
Tyesha Simmons, 26, was charged with breach of trust with fraudulent intent less than $1,000 and placed in the Aiken County detention center, where she remained on Friday evening.
Officers were called to Mario’s Italian Kitchen on York Street at about 2 p.m. on Friday for an alleged breach of trust, according to Detective Jeremy Hembree. The suspect, Simmons, was an employee at the restaurant and had been accused of stealing from the business.
“When confronted by the owner of Mario’s Italian Kitchen, she left the location in her vehicle,” Hembree said. “Leaving the scene, officers observed her traveling in the school zone on Rutland Drive, then turning onto S.C. 19 and traveling outside of the City limits.”
Hembree said Aiken Public Safety was alerted a short time later that a collision had occurred on S.C. 19 just outside the City limits. The collision involved at least two vehicles: Simmons’ Chevrolet sedan and a white Toyota Highlander.
Simmons was arrested at the scene. Hembree said additional charges against her are pending while Aiken Public Safety investigates previous incidents involving her at Mario’s.
The S.C. Highway Patrol is investigating the collision. Information about the collision was not available by press time on Friday.