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Greenbrier Baseball Player Arrested After State Championship Game for ‘Playing Chicken’ with Cars

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A member of the Greenbrier High School baseball team celebrated his state championship by “playing chicken” with his car on Wednesday, authorities said.

In a story first reported by WGAC’s Austin Rhodes, the dangerous game ended in a wreck that sent a passenger to the hospital and both drivers to jail.

Baseball player Connor Hogan, 17 (left), and Richard Swim, 17, (right) were in front of Greenbrier Middle School about 8 p.m.  when they spotted each other and decided to “play chicken,” according to sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

“Mr. Swim crossed left of center and was traveling towards Mr. Hogan.  Mr. Hogan also recognized Mr. Swim and began to drive towards Mr. Swim.  Mr. Hogan veered right at the last second, and Mr. Swim also veered right causing Mr. Swim’s vehicle to T-Bone Mr. Hogan’s Vehicle,” Capt. Morris said in a statement.

Swim had two passengers:  front passenger Samantha Newman, 17, and Millege Smith, 17. Newman was transported to University Hospital with visible injuries on her head while Smith was not injured.

Both drivers were charged with aggressive driving, reckless driving and failure to maintain lane. Both were given a $3,300 bond.

Hogan is a member of the Greenbrier baseball team, which won the state championship by beating Gainesville.

 

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.

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