Don’t bring cooler full of beer on shopping trip

  • Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A police officer traveling along Coleman Boulevard observed a taxi cab come to an abrupt stop and a man jump out of the passenger door. The passenger ran into a nearby neighborhood.

The officer sped up to the cab and spoke with the driver. She said the passenger skipped out on paying the cab fare.

The officer then began patrolling the area for the suspect, who was spotted hiding under some bushes, the report stated.

He was ordered to get out of the bushes and placed under arrest for public intoxication.

The cab driver then agreed to press charges for the man’s failure to pay the $40 fare.

At the police station the suspect began providing unsolicited information about his cab ride.

He said he got drunk up and needed a ride home.

He said he began to feel sick and was about to throw up.

The cab driver stopped so he could get out and throw up and that’s when he took off running, he said.

On the way to the police station he threw up in the patrol car several times and again a few more times at the police station. He was eventually taken to the jail to finish out the night.

Not a clue


A 22-year-old girl was pulled because she had a headlight out. While the officer was writing her a warning ticket, he began to smell marijuana coming from inside the car. the report stated.

She was asked if she had any pot in the car and she said no and that what the officer was smelling was cigarettes.

The report said that the officer finished writing the ticket and came back to her vehicle, this time approaching from the passenger side. The odor was stronger, according to the report, so he asked her about it again.

She was adamant that she did not have any pot in the car and even told the officer he could search her car if he wanted to. Upon searching the vehicle he found a pot pipe and burnt and unburned green material in her purse.

When the officer asked her whose pipe it was she replied that she did not know how it got there.

He continued to search and found a bag with three Ziplock bags of green leafy material inside of them, according to the report.

Again she said she did not know where the pot came from and it must have been left under her seat by her friend who drove the car earlier in the day.

She was then charged with simple possession and taken to jail.

Call my lawyer


A couple was sitting in their living room late one evening when they heard a crash outside. They ran out to check and saw a truck had crashed into the center median in front of their home.

The husband raced to check on the driver who had been thrown to the back seat of his truck. By the time police and EMS arrived a crowd had gathered and encircled the badly injured man.

The officer approached him and could smell alcohol coming from his breath, according to a report.

He had blood pouring out of his head and knee and the officer had him sit on the curb. He was so unsteady, according to the report, that he lost his balance when he went to sit down. He was eventually transported to the hospital where he got stitched up. He refused to give a blood sample to check his alcohol level.

He did ask to talk to his lawyer. He was charged with DUI and while the officer was explaining his court date and time the man said, “I’m pretty drunk right now. Do you want to talk to my lawyer?”

Drunk shopping


A concerned citizen called police to report that a drunk man was in a store trying to get some shopping done.

The citizen followed the alleged drunk man out to the parking lot. The chief of police happened to be on the scene and waited with the pair for an officer to arrive.

Once there, the officer asked the man how much he had to drink and he replied that he had three, four or five beers. The officer could smell the odor of alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. His eyes appeared glassy, according to the report, and he was unsteady on his feet.

He was arrested for drunkenness in public. His truck was inventoried before being towed and inside of it, officers found a cooler of cold beer and a bourbon mixed drink in the cup holder.


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.

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