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Suspect in Hit and Run on ABC 6 Reporter in Custody

COLUMBUS (Ken Hines/Lisa Rantala) -- A suspect accused of intentionally striking an ABC 6/FOX 28 reporter with a car is now in police custody.

Terresa Peters, 27, turned herself in to authorities at the Franklin County Courthouse on Wednesday morning, less that 24 hours after she allegedly struck reporter Steve Levine with a blue Honda on W. Neff Ave. in S. Columbus.

Levine had approached Peters as he was working on a story about people stealing packages off of front porches.  Police reported that Peters drove off, knocking Levine down with her car and then running over his leg.

Levine underwent surgery at Grant Medical Center on Wednesday. He is expected to recover.

The blue Honda allegedly used by Peters to strike Levine was found Wednesday morning in the area of 44 W. Neff Ave., just feet from where the reporter was injured.

Authorities have charged Peters with felonious assault in connection with the attack on Levine. She is expected to go before a judge Thursday.

Peters criminal history is made up of more than 30 charges or citations within the last eight years that include driving under a suspended license, assault and robbery.  Due to an assault conviction last year, Peters is currently on probation. 

Other violent offenses against her had been dismissed due to the judge ruling she was incompetent to stand trial.  Court documents state Peters suffers with mental illness and could not help in her own defense.

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