Drunk Driver Charged With Attempted Murder


Hoover, AL – Police have charged a Hoover man with attempted murder after he reportedly hit a pedestrian on purpose on Wednesday.  The 34-year-old pedestrian was transported to UAB Hospital and treated for a broken clavicle. He has since been released, according to police.

“We’re very fortunate the victim was able to avoid more serious injuries,” said Capt. Gregg Rector. “We don’t know what provoked this suspect but he was clearly agitated and under the influence of alcohol.”

Police arrested Mark Roland Ritchie, 59, and obtained arrest warrants on Friday. Ritchie was charged with attempted murder and DUI, according to police, and his bond was set at $31,000.

Police responded to a report about a pedestrian who had been hit by a car around 4 p.m. Wednesday. They went to The Place at Galleria Apartments, where the suspect had crashed a 1995 Chevrolet Corvette into a brick sign at the apartment entrance.

The suspect’s face was injured in the crash, and he was treated at UAB Hospital. Following his release, he was transported to Hoover City Jail.

Drunk Driver Charged With Attempted Murder

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