Monday, January 14, 2013
Unfortunately, according to reports, an officer crashed into a palm tree on Patriots Point Boulevard.
A suspicious activity call went out and the car involved in that incident happened to pass by a police officer parked at the baseball field. The officer then stepped his car into high gear in order to catch up with the vehicle and make positive identification. As the officer exited the parking lot he said he felt the rear end of his patrol car sliding out from under him. According to his report, he steered into the slide and took his foot off the gas. The vehicle began to regain control. He said he felt the tires grip and the vehicle jerk, causing him to drive in the middle of the road.
His vehicle then crashed into a palm tree, facing the flow of traffic. His airbags deployed, but he was able to force open the door of the car to escape.
The highway patrol arrived to work the accident, and the officer involved was taken to the hospital for required drug tests.
Up to no good
An officer on patrol at Patriots Point Boulevard came across a car parked along the road late one evening. He stopped to check out the vehicle and found it to be unlocked. The keys were in the cup holder as well.
In an attempt to find an owner of the vehicle, the officer searched the glove box for a title. The car appeared to belong to an 18-year-old North Charleston male. But there was no phone number available for him.
Another officer on scene began patrolling the area for the man, while the officer searched the car for some sort of contact information.
A bill of sale was found in the car with a phone number. The officer called the number and it turned out to be the man’s girlfriend’s mother.
She said it was unlike the man to leave his car unlocked and the key in plain view.
Moments later, according to the report, the man was seen leaving the area of the helicopter display and walking toward his car. He told the officer he had been out for a walk. He asked several times if there was a problem with his car being parked there.
He said he was alone. His all black outfit had pine needles, dirt and cobwebs on it, and he could not explain why he was so dirty, according to the report.
Eventually he was allowed to leave the area. The officers then investigated the area in which the man was found. As they did, the man could be heard honking his horn as if he was picking someone up. Then he circled back around near the officers rather than use the round-about to exit the area. No damage was found in and around the area, but a backpack with tools and a crow bar were left behind a shed in the area.
According to the report, dispatch called the officer and said a female called about the incident and wanted to speak with the officer.
He called her back and she said she was the girlfriend. The report states that said her boyfriend acted oddly that evening and that he was formerly employed at Patriots Point and may be “doing something to the company.” On the report she stated that he has a criminal record and based on his behavior that night, she was worried about him.
The backpack and items were logged into evidence and police left the area since no damage was found.
That’s my cat
A woman called police to report that her neighbor had taken her cat. She said she did not witness the cat being removed from her property, but told officers her neighbor witnessed it and informed her.
The report indicates that police questioned the suspect. The suspect told police that she has actually had the cat for eight months.
She said she took the cat in to a vet to give it proper medical care and shots and has numerous receipts from the vet showing that.
The officer then informed the complainant that without proof of ownership there was no way he could really get involved or press any criminal charges.
According to the report, the complainant was fine with that and just wanted the incident documented, since officials at the animal society told her that would be her best course of action.
Police were called to a beauty shop because a woman was in custody after being seen allegedly stealing items from the store.
The owners of the store and the woman were in the back office and the woman had admitted to stuffing things in her purse, the report said. The officer went to the office and the report indicates that before the officer could question her she looked up from where she was seated and said, “I’m stupid.” Then she started to cry.
The officer asked her why she said that and she said because she shoplifted a bunch of small things for stocking stuffers.
She said she went to the store to buy hair coloring products and saw the items and shoved them in her purse because she didn’t think she would get caught.
She said her son then walked into the store and she went to put the items back but was stopped before she could by the store associate.
The items totaled almost $62.
She told the officer, according to the report, that she was completely honest and admitted to the theft.
Because she had her 8-year-old son with her she was released on a courtesy summons and told to appear in court on her scheduled day.
Trying to get home
A police officer witnessed a possible drunk driver bouncing off the guardrails of I-526. The driver saw that a police officer was behind his vehicle and he swerved his car within his lane to stay driving straight.
The report said the vehicle continued to cross over the lines in his lane and the driver was eventually pulled over. The report said the driver told the officer he was “just trying to get home.”
The report said the driver smelled of alcohol and his speech was slurred.
The driver agreed to perform several field sobriety tests, but did not pass them successfully, according to the report.
He was taken to the station where he blew a .13 percent.
(The Police Blotter is intended to be an informative and/or humorous column written from police reports obtained from the Mount Pleasant Police Department. Many of the stories come from the initial incident reports and, occasionally, supplemental reports.)
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