Mom accused of running over clerk enters plea

Arendia Ford
Arendia Ford in a Kent County courtroom on May 25, 2017 to enter into a plea agreement.


KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) — A Grand Rapids woman accused of running over the owner of a Kentwood liquor store has pleaded no contest to a felony charge.

Arendia Ford, 27, pleaded no contest Thursday to failure to stop at the scene of a personal injury accident. A charge of reckless driving causing serious impairment of a body function and malicious destruction of personal property were dismissed as part of the plea deal.

A no contest plea is treated the same as a guilty plea when it comes to her sentencing on July 13.

T&J Party Store, Kentwood
Surveillance video shows three customers causing a disturbance at T&J Party Store in Kentwood before the owner was run over outside. (April 22, 2017)

Ford is accused of getting into an argument with the owner of T & J Party Store over the cost of a bottle of liquor on April 22. Surveillance video obtained by 24 Hour News 8 shows her and two teenagers knocking over shelves and throwing merchandise before leaving the store.

Inside woodtv.com: Watch the surveillance video here.

The store owner chased after the trio and confronted them in the parking lot. Ford then allegedly ran over the owner who suffered injuries to her head, pelvis and one of her legs.

The victim was seen walking into the courtroom on Thursday with the assistance of a walker.

Ford, a mother from Grand Rapids, has a criminal history that includes charges related to drugs, retail fraud and traffic offenses, state records show.

***CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated Ford pleaded no contest to two charges, not one. We regret this error, which has since been corrected.***