Half baked

  • Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Drug money

A school resource officer was flagged down by teachers at a local school recently because a student was acting inappropriately, a police report said.

The student was sitting on the floor of a hallway, strumming his guitar. Whenever a teacher would walk by, he would quickly close his guitar case. Teachers found this suspicious, and looked into his behavior further, the report said. It turns out, the kid had a handmade sign in his guitar case that said, “Need Money 4 Drugz. At least it is not going to the government.”

When escorted to the principal’s office, he said he was only doing it as a joke. The student was searched, and nothing illegal was found in his possession.

The school then handled the situation administratively.

Half smoked

Someone at a local school smelled a strong aroma of reefer coming off of a student and reported it to a school resource officer and a vice principal. The student in question was pulled out of his classroom, according to the police report, and questioned in the office.

On the way to the office, the principal escorting him could smell the pot aroma as well.

The reports states that the student was searched and a half-smoked joint was found in his pocket, along with a lighter and cigars. The joint had about two grams left in it and was taken in as evidence. His mother was called to the school and informed of what was happening. The juvenile did not state when or where the pot was smoked, but did say it was indeed marijuana. He was charged with simple possession and given administrative consequences at the school.

Get on the bus

A gas station clerk called police, according to a report, because a person was outside of the businesses begging for money. The report indicates this person was begging for beer money. Police arrived and questioned the man. He said he was not begging for money. He said he was waiting out of the rain for the bus. But when the police officer pointed out the bus stop, which had benches and a covered roof, the man said he was actually going to catch the bus later. The officer could not necessarily charge him with anything, but did put him on trespass notice from the gas station and gave him a ride to another location in town.

Over there

Police were manning a traffic checkpoint one evening when a driver came swerving in to the stop. An officer approached the man’s driver-side window, according to the report, and immediately smelled the odor of alcohol coming from inside the vehicle.

The report said the man had droopy eyelids and watery eyes. The officer asked the driver where he was coming from and he said, “Right over there.” The officer then asked him where he was headed, and the driver pointed in the other direction and said, “Over there.”

The officer then asked him how much he had to drink that evening and he said, “a beer or two.” At that point the officer had him step out of the vehicle to perform some field sobriety tests. He was slow with his movements and stumbled as he exited the vehicle, according to the report.

The officer then got the man settled and asked him where “over there was.” He pointed to Pelzer Drive. The officer then asked him if he really had only one or two beers and the man replied, “I had three.”

The officer then asked the man if he went to school. The man said he did. But he said he did not graduate. The officer then asked him if he knew his alphabet. The driver replied, “Is this a trick?”

Because it was not a trick, the officer demonstrated the alphabet for him and told the man to recite it from D to R. The man said D, E, F, G and then stopped and said he was “copying the officer.”

Moving on to the next test, the man failed them all. In fact, during one test he almost fell over and the officer stopped the tests entirely because it was becoming unsafe for the man to continue.

He was arrested for DUI and refused the Breathalyzer.

Highway robbery

A police officer at Towne Centre was sitting in his sub-station office when a he heard a knock at the back door. It was a loss prevention officer saying his store had been robbed. He pointed out the suspect’s car and the officer ran toward it, demanding that the driver stop. The officer chased the car and repeated demands to stop, but the driver kept going. The driver was met, however by a man standing in the roadway with his hand up, blocking the lane of travel. He, too, was trying to get the driver to stop. The officer ran toward him, told the citizen to move so he did not get hurt and again demanded that the driver stop.

The driver got away, but the officer got the tag number and a good description of the driver and occupants. There was also plenty of surveillance video from the store and from other stores and the parking lot. It turns out, this suspect is suspected of stealing from this particular store up and down I-95.

Gang threats

An employee at a local bar called police because a man came into the bar and threatened her, according to a police report.

The bartender knew the man by name. She said he came in and made comments to her about recognizing her and now knowing where she works. She explained to the officer that she has a criminal domestic violence charge against this man. She said she is afraid of this man because he is allegedly involved with the Folk Nation Gang. She said she was afraid he would show back up at the bar with even more people and possibly harm her.

The manager also spoke to the responding officer, according to the report. She said that she asked the man to leave after she noticed how heavily he was drinking.

When she did, the man became extremely loud and began using obscene, vulgar language. He did finally leave the business, but she wanted him placed on trespass notice. She also requested extra police patrol of the premises.

(The Police Blotter is written from police reports obtained from the Mount Pleasant Police Department. Many of the stories come from the initial incident reports. Generally, cases have not been adjudicated at the time of publication).

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