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Police: Woman helped driver put vehicle into Lake Miccosukee after hit-and-run crash

Darlene Berryman is being charged with tampering with evidence and accessory after the fact.
Posted: 2:45 PM, Mar 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-11 18:45:11Z
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A woman has been arrested, accused of helping get rid of a vehicle that was involved in a hit-and-run accident that injured a bicyclist.

Darlene Berryman, 46, is being charged with tampering with evidence and accessory after the fact.

According to the police report, just before midnight on Jan. 2, a Tallahassee Police Department Officer was parked in the 2600 block of North Monroe Street when a white SUV came speeding through the area. As the officer turned around to catch up to the SUV, he saw dust and debris fly up in the air and realized that the vehicle had just hit 32-year-old bicyclist David Thacker.

The SUV then fled northbound onto I-10 and Thacker was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

The next morning, TPD officers were notified by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office that a vehicle matching the SUV was found submerged in Lake Miccosukee at the Leon/Jefferson County line. Officers identified the vehicle as a white Mazda CX-7.

Following an investigation, officers identified the owner of the vehicle, who claimed that the Mazda CX-7 had been stolen the night before the crash. Officers were able to obtain surveillance video from a nearby home that showed the Mazda CX-7 actually parked in the owner's driveway just hours after the crash and had damage to the windshield and hood.

The police report states that Berryman used her rented pickup truck to help tow the vehicle away and dispose of it in the lake. Officers also said phone records revealed she was in contact with the owner of the vehicle immediately following the crash. At this time, the owner of the vehicle has not yet been charged.

Berryman was booked into the Leon County Detention Facility on Sunday and a mugshot has not been made available yet.