Search for hit-and-run driver who crashed into a Ville Platte church

Search for hit-and-run driver who crashed into a Ville Platte church
Posted at 3:50 PM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 22:26:15-05

VILLE PLATTE — Ville Platte police are investigating a hit-and-run crash after someone crashed into a church building and left the scene.

It happened over the weekend at Greater Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. Church members woke up seeing part of their building damaged.

A large hole is on the side of the building, with bricks scattered on the ground. Part of their wall is also caved in.

The driver is still unknown. Investigators say the person drove away after crashing. Now church members are seeking answers.

"To know somebody came here and did this and never informed nobody, I'm not understanding. It's a church house. Where we worship God . I 'm not understanding," church member Donald Anderson said. He added, "You've destroyed the church house,"

Anderson is a deacon and he says the damage won't be an easy fix. "The walls are caved in. Some bricks are destroyed.We're looking at somewhere in the $10,000 range to get repaired. "

Anderson says someone called him around 2 in the morning Friday, after seeing the damage. While there's damage left behind, Anderson says it could've been worse.

"We could've been having service," Anderson said. "On the other side of this wall are pews where people sit. Somebody could've gotten hurt."

It didn't stop the congregation from having service the following Sunday. Police say the person responsible is facing a charge of leaving the scene of an accident. Now church members are relying on their faith during this investigation.

"We're not looking to press charges. We just want to know who's responsible," Anderson said. "You should be responsible for your actions. Remember we might not know who did it, but there's a God and he knows who did this."