MONMOUTH — A mother and daughter were arrested after they intentionally hit each others’ vehicles in a cemetery Friday and caused an estimated $35,000 in damage to headstones, the town police chief said.
Melissa K. Grant, 42, and her daughter, Savannah N. Lowe, 20, were charged following a dispute in Monmouth Ridge Cemetery off Cemetery Road.
Grant faces charges: aggravated criminal mischief, aggravated reckless conduct, operating while license suspended or revoked, operating a vehicle without a license and leaving the scene of an accident.
Lowe was charged with aggravated criminal mischief and aggravated reckless conduct.
Monmouth Police Chief Kevin Mulherin said Lowe was attempting to prevent Grant from leaving the cemetery because the daughter believed the mother was drunk, which police never proved.
The daughter hit her mother’s car with her car, then the mother hit the daughter’s car with hers, Mulherin said.
“They ended up hitting each others’ cars and taking out some gravestones,” he said.
Police estimate about $35,000 in damage due to the large size of the gravestones. One of the stones ripped from the ground was that of a woman who died in 1843.