Wednesday, July 3, 2013
A police officer patrolling Hungryneck Boulevard saw a man toss an empty cup on the ground, and he activated his blue lights to get out and speak with the man.
The officer asked him why he littered, and his excuse was that he did not feel like holding the cup anymore.
According to the report, while speaking to the man, the officer smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the suspect.
While speaking with the officer, the man got a call on his cell phone, and according to the police report, he kept talking to the caller even though he was told multiple times to hang up.
The officer asked him if he had any pot on him and the suspect denied it. But at the same time, he turned his back to the officer and began reaching in his pants. It was a cigarette box and the officer told him to hand it over. He refused to do so and also refused to have a seat on the curb as asked. He then took off running. A back-up officer had arrived at this point, and they followed the suspect through residential yards until he was eventually caught.
He no longer had the cigarette box with him and claimed he never had one in the first place.
But, officers found it in one of the yards they had run through. There were small traces of marijuana in the box as well as paraphernalia, the report noted. He was then charged with simple possession, littering and possession of paraphernalia.
A man called police to report that his dog had been stolen. He explained that he had left his therapy dog, which is a German Shepherd, with an acquaintance while he went out of town. The acquaintance was staying in a local motel that had since been shut down. The victim explained to police that he had checked every other local motel to no avail.
The dog is valued at more than $5,000, which is why he filed the report. The dog is microchipped and has been reported stolen on 24 PetWatch.
Go to your room
A 30-year-old woman called police because her aunt and uncle came to town to visit. This woman lives with her grandmother in a local neighborhood. She told police that her uncle found a lizard and put it in a jar. She asked him why and he refused to tell her. She said this made her upset, because she did not want her uncle to cut the lizard up and use it for bait.
She said she is a lover of all animals and she became argumentative. At that point, her grandmother sent her to her room. This infuriated the woman because she is 30 years old and did not think she should be sent to her room. When she did not comply, the report said, her aunt got in her face and told her not to be disrespectful.
Her aunt then spat in her face. She then grabbed her aunt by her throat and sat her down.
Neither party wanted to press charges, but agreed to separate for the evening.
A call came in to police about a car driving the wrong way on I-526 and police went in search of it. They spotted a car matching the description driving the correct way, but driving erratically. The driver then hit a curb. Police followed it and proceeded to pull the car over.
The driver fumbled around for her paperwork and the report noted she was extremely slow to respond to the officer’s questions and prompts.
The officer asked the driver to put the vehicle in park and she was unable to do so. Instead, she put the car in reverse. The car began to roll back, and she was finally able to put it in park.
The car was finally turned off.
She was told to get out of the car and at first, the report noted, she refused.
She finally did get out of the car and the officer demanded the keys, which she refused to hand over.
The officer took the keys from her instead.
The officer smelled alcohol on her and she could not follow simple instructions. He asked her about drinking and she said it was not beer, but liquor that she had consumed.
She tried some field sobriety tests, but could not perform them successfully. The officer asked if this was because she had been drinking. She said yes and when asked if she thought she had too much to drink she said yes, according to the report.
She was arrested for DUI.
A couple was depositing money into an ATM when out of nowhere a robber appeared at the side of the vehicle holding a handgun. He was wearing a hoodie on backwards with holes cut out of it so he could see. He said, “give it to me. Give it all to me. Give it. Give it.” He held the gun with his right hand and placed his left on the windshield, but he had on gloves. They handed over the money and he ran off in the direction of a local restaurant.
They quickly drove off to call police.
Police then spread out looking for a suspect. They just happened to see a man matching the description walking with another man. It was raining heavily and odd that two men would be out for a stroll. The officer stopped to speak with them and asked them what they were doing. They said they got soaked from the rain and were leaving a nearby neighborhood. The officer offered to give them a ride since it was raining and they declined saying they were out for a walk.
The subjects were then asked if officers could frisk them, because a crime had occurred and one of the men matched the description.
One man complied and had no problem with it. The other said officers had no right to do so.
The officers then attempted to detain the man, because he was becoming agitated and uncooperative, according to the report.
But, he broke lose and ran. They caught him and he admitted he had a gun in his pocket.
He was placed in handcuffs and they removed the gun along with the stolen cash. The other man was not charged due to having met up with his friend after the incident.
The gun turned out to be stolen and was entered as evidence.
The suspect was charged with robbery, aggravated assault and unlawful carry of a handgun.
Call my dad
An officer came upon two vehicles parked on the side of the road. One was facing in the opposite direction toward the curb and a palm tree had been knocked down. It appeared to have been a collision. The driver was still sitting in the driver’s seat and appeared confused, according to the report.
He was told to exit the vehicle and sit on the curb. He got up three times and kept asking to call his dad. The 18 year old was told he could make a phone call after EMS checked him out.
The EMS folks told him he needed to go to the hospital, but he refused and said it cost too much money.
He signed a waiver declining medical attention. He said he would refuse all sobriety tests, so he was told he was being charged with DUI.
He did, however, take the breathalyzer and blew a .22. After inventory of the car, he was also charged with open container.
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.