Tuesday, August 6, 2013
A concerned citizen called police to report that a man with a handgun strapped to his hip was walking down Highway 17.
When officers made contact with him, the handgun turned out to actually be a large fixed blade knife in a sheath. The weapon was secured and he was questioned.
The man said he was camping with his two young sons at a local campground. A man came to him asking for help, claiming that his girlfriend was having car problems and they needed help.
He told the officer he got into the man’s car to ride with him to go help her.
According to the police, he said the last thing he remembered was getting out of the vehicle at the entrance to the campground.
He said he woke up in an empty luxury apartment at 2:30 a.m. and left the apartment.
He told police he walked for two hours before he could find Highway 17 and start walking back to the campground. Oddly, he still had his wallet, cash and credit cards on him.
He also refused medical attention.
The officer smelled alcohol on the man, but he told the officer he had not had a drink in 26 years.
The man was later escorted back to the campground and his young children had no idea their dad had not even been there due to having been sleeping.
A mother called police because her misbehaving 16-year-old son took her car without permission. She explained to police that he did not have permission to drive the vehicle or take it and he did not even have a license.
She said her son has been misbehaving a lot in the last year, and the police report indicated that this was not the first time officers have been called to her house.
She gave police the vehicle information and showed them a note her son had left. It said for her not to worry and that he was meeting a friend near Shem Creek.
He also asked her not to call police or his dad and that the car would be okay in his hands.
She was asked by officers if she wanted to report the car stolen and, after thinking about it, she declined and decided to grab a friend and go look for the car.
Police patrolling a local shopping center saw a lone car in the lot and went to investigate late one evening. The officer walked toward the car and witnessed two people cramped up in the front seat having relations.
It turned out to be a husband and wife heading from Kansas to Florida.
They said they were unable to get an affordable room because everything was booked.
The man also told officers he lost his ID, but gave them his name.
Dispatch came back to the officer and informed him that the name given was on the identity theft list and that this person’s brother uses the name often on traffic stops.
The man later admitted to officers his real name and said he was afraid to give his real name since he did not have a driver’s license.
He said he could let his wife drive since she had a valid license.
The man gave police consent to search the vehicle and they found an open bottle of vodka.
He was given an open container citation and the couple was allowed to go on their way.
Livelihood at stake
An officer witnessed a woman cruising down Highway 17 with no headlights on. After following the vehicle, the officer witnessed the vehicle drift into the other lane.
He flipped on his blue lights and the driver put the right hand signal on and pulled into the left-turning lane.
The driver then turned on the left hand turn signal and stopped the car.
The officer informed the driver that she was driving without lights on and asked her where she was coming from.
She then stated she had just gotten her car back, according to the report.
The officer asked her again where she was coming from and this time she said dinner.
She said she was heading home, but had been calling her mom to pick up her prescription for her.
When asked if she had anything to drink, she said two glasses of wine, but she did not finish the second glass.
According to the report she was asked to drive her vehicle across the street to a safer area.
The officers stopped traffic so she could do so.
According to the report, she first tried to drive the car while it was still in neutral, but eventually put it in drive and crossed the street.
The officer approached the car again and asked her about those two glasses of wine.
She said, “Well...close to two. I didn’t finish the second one.”
She was then asked to step out of the car and perform some field sobriety tests.
She said, “Well okay, but can I just tell you something? If I get a DUI I will lose my job. I lose my career. I lose everything. I’m in a company car.”
The officer moved on to the tests.
She almost passed the Nystagmus test, but could not. She completed the alphabet test successfully and they moved on to the walk and turn.
As the officer was explaining the directions the driver began the task without being told to do so, according to the report.
She stopped, listened and before she started again said, “Officer, if you think there is a problem why don’t you just call somebody to come get me?”
He then asked her if she did not want to do the tests. She asked him what that meant, according to the report. He asked again if she wanted to do the test. She then said, “Well, I’ll do whatever you want me to do, but you don’t understand my whole livelihood is at stake here.”
He informed her that she had not been arrested yet, but that he wanted her to do the test. She responded by saying that he was scaring her and making her nervous.
She agreed to do the test. He explained it again and asked her if she understood. She said yes, and that she had never been pulled over before.
She asked the officer what her other options were.
He told her they could go on to another test and he asked her if she was refusing to do the test. Again she said she did not know what her other options were.
The report said that the officer told her that her options were that he was investigating for her DUI and that he was having her do a series of four tests to determine whether she was okay to drive.
She then asked, “If you determine that I am not okay to drive, what are my options.”
He explained that her option was to be arrested for driving under the influence.
He again asked her if she wanted to do the test. She asked him if she could just call someone and he told her no.
She then asked the officer if he were in her shoes what would he do.
He said he would continue the test. She said she would continue with the test, and she did. But she failed it.
She also failed the one-legged test after two tries and was arrested for DUI.
She blew a .11 percent.
On the way to the jail the officer asked her again how much she had to drink and she said two glasses of wine, and again added she did not finish the second one.
She also added, according to the police report, that she had a beer and a half.
Police were called by a concerned citizen who was reporting a car driving the wrong way.
Police found the car and called for a tow truck because there was extensive damage to the passenger side.
The tires were flat and fluid was leaking from the engine area.
The 21-year-old driver was wearing a woman’s dress turned inside out and he reeked of booze. He had a busted lip and scratches on his face.
It was 8 a.m. It turns out the driver over corrected at the entrance to a neighborhood and hit the curb.
When the officer approached the driver, he muttered something that could not be understood.
When asked if he was all right, he said he was. The officer asked him what happened, and he said, “hit the curb up the street.”
The officer asked for his driver’s license and he handed him a credit card. That was returned to him and the driver finally found his license.
He was asked to perform some field sobriety tests, which he did and failed.
On the way to the station, he told the officer he was picking up food for his grandmother. He said he had two beers earlier at a friend’s house.
Then, he said he did not hit anything to cause the damage to his car. He said his lip was swollen because he hit it on the steering wheel, according to the report.
Once at the station, he blew a .18 on the datamaster.
The officer then took him out of the station to head to the jail when the driver acted surprised it was daylight.
The report said he told the officer he thought he got arrested around midnight. He said he could not believe it was light outside.
He was also charged with damaging an entrance gate to another neighborhood after witnesses reported that.
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.