VSP: Suffolk woman crashed, stole state van and returned it

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A young woman could face more charges after a wreck early Monday morning.

According to a Suffolk Police report, 24-year-old Shawn Penn and her infant daughter were in a 2009 Toyota Camry headed westbound in the far left lane on Route 58 around 2 a.m.

The report says Penn lost control of the vehicle, spun out on the wet roadway into the center median, hit a sign and several trees before stopping in a ditch filled with water.

According to the report Penn and her daughter were able to get out of the car. She reportedly had some soreness while the child was not injured.

totaled car VSP: Suffolk woman crashed, stole state van and returned itPolice said the vehicle was totaled. 10 On Your Side saw the van parked at the Fink’s Wrecker Service lot.

Suffolk Police charged Penn with reckless driving.

Virginia State Police spokeswoman Sergeant Michelle Anaya told 10 On Your Side after the crash Penn went to a nearby weigh station and broke the driver’s side glass window of a DMV-owned van and got in to stay warm.

Sgt. Anaya said Penn found keys to the van and drove to pick up her mother. The vehicle was returned.

As of Monday afternoon State Police had not filed any charges for the damage to the vehicle. Sgt. Anaya said the Commonwealth’s Attorney would make the decision.

As of this post, no one from the Suffolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office responded to 10 On Your Side’s Brandi Cummings’ inquiry on the matter.

Cummings spoke to DMV spokeswoman Brandy Brubaker. She told Cummings the DMV recently purchased the van. Spare keys were inadvertently left in the van, which is against the policy.

When Cummings asked Brubaker what if any disciplinary actions the employee who left the keys in the van may face, Brubaker said she could not comment, citing a personnel matter.

No one answered at Penn’s residence when WAVY when there for comment for our story.

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