A man who avoided jail after crashing his Maserati into a Travelers Rest home in 2009, killing the owner, could now lose his probation after his latest run-in with the law.
John Ludwig was released on bond Friday, the morning after he was arrested by Greenville police on a charge of criminal domestic violence. According to the arrest warrant, Ludwig is accused of slapping his wife on the back of the head. Officials say the incident started when Ludwig wanted his wife to write him a check for a house payment and she would not until she had taken a bath.
After the two continued the confrontation, she eventually left the house in her car and met police at a nearby hotel. According to a police report, she was “hysterical, crying and nearly hyperventilating.” But she emphasized she did not want to see her husband arrested.
After the bond hearing, Shannon Ludwig said the incident was blown out of proportion. “I just think that this was unwarranted and I want my husband back at home,” she told reporters, “Nothing happened that night to warrant all of this.”
Ludwig has been on probation after he was found guilty of reckless homicide for crashing his car into the Travelers Rest home of Bill Bardsley, killing Bardsley. Ludwig’s ten-year probation sentence was eventually reduced to three. However, the South Carolina Department of Pardon, Probation, and Parole says it is now looking into revoking the probation, meaning Ludwig could go to prison.
Ludwig was also arrested in July 2010 after he was accused of assaulting a man at a Greenville bar.