The old trying-to-avoid-a-deer excuse falls flat

  • Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Police were called to a local store because a woman had been caught shoplifting.

This 28-year-old woman said she was sorry for stealing, according to a police report, and that she did not want to go to jail.

She then added a couple of times that she had never been in trouble before.

Police proceeded to pat her down and check her purse for anything else that might have been stolen. They found a bra and a slip that she insisted were hers. But after further questioning, she admitted she had stolen those too, according to the incident report.

The fact that officers had an admission, were in possession of the stolen items and had video of the incident, was cause enough to arrest the woman and take her to jail.

Help me

A church employee had to call police because a strange man came into the church asking for money. This employee refused to give him any money. According to the police report, the man became irate and said, “I need money. Someone is going to give me money.”

He then left and walked on down the street.

The church employee told police that if the man came back he wanted him placed on trespass notice.

Deer crossing

Officers were dispatched to a vehicle accident on the north end of town. They arrived to find a pick-up truck with severe front-end damage and passenger-side damage.

The driver was still sitting in the car when they arrived. The officer asked him what happened, and according to the report, he swerved to avoid hitting a deer.

The report said that while talking to the 21-year-old driver, the officer noticed he was unsteady on his feet and had an odor of alcohol about him.

He told the police officer he was coming form North Charleston but could not remember the name of the establishment he visited. When asked for his license, registration and insurance information, the driver handed police a receipt for an Italian restaurant and his voter registration card.

He was finally able to hand the officers what they needed. According to police, when asked how much he had to drink, he said, “not too much, sir.” He then stated, “a drink or two.”

The officer then asked him again if he needed EMS because he could hardly stand up without swaying, and he declined.

He was offered field sobriety tests and they began with the alphabet test. He was given the instructions and told to begin. He then took four steps backward and just stood there.

The officer asked him if he understood, and he said he did. He was offered another chance to begin, and according to the report, he told the officer he could not do it.

Based on the accident and being unable to compete any of the tests satisfactorily, he was arrested for DUI. He blew a .20 on the Breathalyzer.

He was also charged with open container for a flask found in the glove box and simple possession for the pot also found in the car.

Very sad

A woman called police to report that her car had been stolen and the likely suspect was her daughter.

She explained to officers that her 25-year-old daughter had an extensive criminal history that included theft and drug offenses. She said her daughter has been a heroin addict since age 16 and abuses marijuana. She said her daughter does not have a driver’s license and has not had permission to use the car in more than three years, according to the police report.

As the officer spoke to the victim, he observed a car matching the description traveling right toward them. The car passed and had all the identifying markers the victim described. Plus the mother was able to positively identify the driver as her daughter.

The officer then jumped in his car and followed the suspect until she pulled in a parking lot and stopped. He conducted a felony traffic stop on the suspect and placed her under arrest.

She was put in his patrol car while the stolen vehicle was searched.

Inside the officer found a receipt from a pawn shop for a gas pressure washer that had also been stolen from the home. The officer found a receipt from a gold store, a hand-written note with two names on it and maps of the local area. And a bag of syringes. Some were used and some still in the packaging. Three of them had white residue on them.

The officer went back to his car and saw that the suspect had slipped the handcuffs to the front of her body. He also noticed a syringe hidden in the cuff of her pants. She was removed from the car and searched.

She agreed to speak with police in regard to the incident. The report said that she told them she stole the car and the pressure washer. She then hocked the pressure washer for $100 and drove to Dorchester Road to meet with her drug dealer. She bought $100 worth of heroin and proceeded to inject herself until she used up all of her drugs. She drove back to Mount Pleasant in order to dump the paraphernalia in the parking lot where she was stopped.

She was taken to jail and given a strip search where officers found more syringes with white powder in her vagina.

She was charged with grand larceny of a motor vehicle, petite larceny and faced drug charges if the tests came back positive.

Indecent exposure

It is illegal to urinate in public. And when a police officer sees you do it....

One local officer did see a 42-year-old man do it one evening. The suspect was in a bar parking lot and hid behind his car to conduct his business. The officer drove over to the man and asked what he was doing, according to a police report.

He said he had been in the bar and it was busy and he could not wait for the line inside to use the restroom.

The officer asked him how much he had to drink, and he told the officer he had only one beer. He did not have alcohol on his breath and he did not seem intoxicated. According to the report, the man was cooperative with police and understood why he was being charged. Because of this he was written a disorderly conduct ticket and told to appear in court rather than be taken to jail.

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.

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