Police: Driver to face criminal charges after slamming into church

Police say Sherif Wheeler, of Baldwin, lost control of the car at 4:25 a.m. Sunday, crashed into the Second Baptist Church on Grand Avenue and

A car crashed into a church in Baldwin just hours before it was to hold its Sunday morning service.

A car crashed into a church in Baldwin just hours before it was to hold its Sunday morning service. (3/9/15)

BALDWIN - The driver who plowed through the front of a Baldwin church will now face criminal charges after surrendering nearly eight hours after the crash. 

Police say Sherif Wheeler, of Baldwin, lost control of the car at 4:25 a.m. Sunday, crashed into the Second Baptist Church on Grand Avenue and injured his passenger. 

Wheeler, 21, turned himself in around 1 p.m. yesterday and is now in the hospital along with his passenger. Wheeler was allegedly driving with a suspended license.

Police say Wheeler was arrested last September after allegedly driving without a license, not having insurance, an inspection, and for reckless driving.

Wheeler is now charged with leaving the scene and unlicensed driving. 

The church says it is now dealing with about $100,000 damage.

 

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