Thursday, May 9, 2013
An ex-boyfriend took jealousy to a new level when he allegedly cut the brake line on another man’s car and slashed the tires of his ex-girlfriend’s car.
Police were called to a local bar because both cars were not drivable.
The complainants told police that they were just friends and had been in the bar having cocktails.
The ex-boyfriend came in, and a slight altercation ensued because the ex-boyfriend thinks his ex-girlfriend is dating this male friend, according to the report.
The two decided to leave the bar after the ex-boyfriend left to avoid anything further.
The girl pulled out first and just a few short yards down the highway, pulled over and put on her hazard lights.
The male friend saw her up ahead and pulled out of the parking lot to help her. Thankfully he had not accelerated yet because his dash board flashed a brake warning signal and he could not stop.
He came to rest just short of hitting the girl’s car and when he got out, saw brake fluid all around his car.
Police had the bartenders begin to pull surveillance tapes to see if the suspect was caught on camera.
In the meantime, the female victim’s information was run into the computer and it turned out she had a bench warrant out on her for a traffic violation.
Her male friend was able to change her tire and drive her car home for her.
His car was towed and the female was taken to jail for the warrant,
The case remained active so an investigation into the vandalism could take place.
An airline pilot home on leave hit a local bar one night and couldn’t quite make it home after one too many cocktails, according to a police report.
A man was driving along Center Street when he came upon a car stopped in the middle of the road that was running and had its headlights on.
The driver went around the car, which still did not move.
At this point the driver stopped to make sure the person in the stopped car was okay. When he looked inside he found a man slumped over the steering wheel. He knocked on the window and when he got no response, he called 911.
An officer was able to wake the man, according to a police report. The officer saw that his eyes were bloodshot and his speech was slurred. The report indicated that the officer also smelled alcohol on the man’s breath.
The officer asked him where he had been and he said at a nearby bar.
He was then asked to step out of the car to perform some field sobriety tests.
The officer conferred with his partner while the suspect waited.
Apparently the suspect became restless because he told the officer that this was taking too long and “all of this is unnecessary.”
He then attempted to get back in his car but the officer was able to hold on to his arm and not let him do so.
The officer then asked the man if he was refusing to do field sobriety tests and he said he was not refusing.
The officer then had him to walk over to a nearby parking lot to perform the tests. On the walk over, the man tried to run off, but again he was held back.
He was put in iron locks so he could not run off and he was arrested for DUI.
Once in the backseat of the patrol car, he began to move around and complain about the tightness of the handcuffs.
The officer allowed him to get out of the car so they could be adjusted. And again, he decided to try and run. The officer grabbed him, had to perform an arm bar take down, which caused the suspect to fall and hit his head on the ground.
According to the report, EMS attended to an abrasion over his eye.
The suspect became aggravated and would not let EMS help him.
He was finally taken off to jail and charged also with trying to flee while being detained.
Police got a call about a possible drunk driver and positioned themselves to observe traffic in order to catch up with the driver.
Prior to getting behind the suspect, an officer witnessed the driver driving recklessly as he changed lanes several times without using a signal and driving 70 mph in a marked 55 mph zone, according to the police eport.
He nearly caused several collisions as he headed up the ramp to the Ravenel Bridge.
The officer eventually positioned himself behind the driver, who began using turn signals and slowing down. The officer intended to pull him over based on what he previously witnessed, but the driver hit the gas and took off.
The car sped onto I-26 and hit the Jersey barrier with his car tire and the car began to smoke.
He kept going, turning off a ramp and running stop lights and stop signs. The officer stayed in pursuit, calling in backup.
Parts of the car tire began flying off and a part broke the windshield of another car. The driver began to turn, and slow down. The officer saw the car door begin to open. Once the car stopped, the driver jumped out and took off running.
The suspect was warned that he would be tazed if he kept running, but he didn’t look back. He ran through yards and jumped fences. An officer caught up with him in a driveway, tried to taze him and missed. The man kept running.
At this point he jumped another fence, but soon realized he was cornered.
He was ordered to put his hands up, which he complied with.
It turns out, according to the report, the man had stolen the car he was cruising around in.
He was charged with failure to stop, possession of a stolen vehicle, reckless driving and driving under suspension. A grand larceny charge was pending.
A woman had the audacity to report her car stolen, even after admitting the car was left unlocked with the key in the ignition, according to a police report.
In that same neighborhood police were called to other homes whose residents reported car break-ins and thefts.
In one instance a man left his tools in the bed of his truck, unsecured.
The other car was also unlocked.
Police were called to an 82-year-old woman’s home because a 19-year-old kid was passed out on the couch on her sun porch.
Police woke the kid up and he immediately became defensive and uncooperative. He refused to be searched and told police that he had been at the house before to stay with his friend.
According to the police report, that friend had not lived at that house for quite some time. He said he entered the sun room to sleep because he had done it before and the door was unlocked. He said he knew he had not done anything illegal.
The woman recognized the kid from the past and asked police to place him on trespass notice.
After running the kid’s information, police determined he had four suspensions pending against his driver’s license and he was arrested for those violations.
Naturally he became even more hostile with officers, but this did not hinder police from locking him up.
An officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle whose driver failed to yield the right of way when leaving a gas station parking lot. The driver also swerved over the center line. When the officer approached the car he could smell marijuana, according to the report.
Both subjects were asked to step out of the vehicle.
The officer asked if there was anything illegal on them or in the car and they said they “didn’t think so.”
He told them he smelled pot and both said they had just left a friend’s house where people were smoking pot.
The 18-year-old passenger started to appear nervous according to the report, so the officer repeated the question.
At this point the passenger admitted to “being a pothead” and said they smoke marijuana regularly, the report said.
A search of the vehicle was conducted and marijuana shake was found covering the seats and floorboard.
The officer found two pipes and a grinder. The driver was charged with paraphernalia.
An officer in an unmarked police car noticed a female passenger in another car cupping something in her hand that looked like a lighter and a stem.
He watched the female carefully as she kept looking around in a paranoid way. The woman kept smoking whatever was in her hand as the driver drove on, not using turn signals. With probable cause, the officer stopped the car.
The passenger was acting extremely nervous when she was asked to step out of the car and stand to the rear.
The driver began collecting his paperwork but was caught reaching into his pocket.
He was ordered to place his hands where police could see them.
The passenger freely admitted there was cocaine in the car. The driver told police he had illegal substances in his pocket that looked like crack rocks.
They were both arrested and the officer asked the woman where her wallet was so he could see her license to properly identify her. She told him to check in her purse which was on the back seat with her two dogs.
The officer could clearly see the purse, but there were no dogs there.
Then the woman began to panic thinking the officers lost her dogs.
The officer calmed the woman down and she realized that she had left her two dogs at home.
They were taken to the station for questioning.
The driver was asked how much crack he had and he said “like a 20.” He said he had it for like a day and bought a total of two or three grams.
He said he usually buys that much every other day. Out of the two to three grams, he sold all of it and made two to three hundred dollars he said during questioning.
When asked if he did crack he said he couldn’t because he has diabetes.
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. Generally, cases have not been adjudicated at the time of publication. See more columns at www.moultrienews.com.