Breaking hearts is not a criminal offense

  • Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Police observed a driver make several lane changes without using a signal and pulled the car over.

The officer explained to the driver why he was being pulled. When he asked for the license and registration, the officer noticed that the driver’s hands were shaking uncontrollably.

He handed the officer the information along with a concealed weapons permit. The officer secured the man’s Sig Sauer .380 handgun during the traffic stop.

He asked the driver where he lived, and he could not provide an address. He said he moved to North Charleston in July and was living with a friend.

The officer then asked him, where he was coming from and he said he had just gotten his oil changed on Ashley Phosphate Road. This seemed suspicious since he was traveling on I-526 toward North Charleston. When confronted about this he said he was just driving around looking for a place to live.

The officer saw a large bag from a pharmacy full of medicine in the front seat. The driver said it was his prescription acne medicine.

The officer asked him if there was anything illegal in the car, and the driver said there was not, but happened to look down into a hole on the driver’s side panel. Due to inconsistencies, the officer asked to search the car.

The officer did not turn up anything illegal. The driver was given a warning for not using his blinker and told to register his car and obtain a South Carolina license if he was going to live here.

“I don’t think so”

More often than not, a driver knows if there is or isn’t anything illegal in his car. So when a police officer asks a driver if there is anything illegal in the car, and the best the driver can come up with is “I don’t think so,” or “not to my knowledge,” it is more than likely there is something illegal in the car, and the driver is not being honest.

As with this incident when a driver was stopped for speeding. She said they were headed to a bar and then to a concert.

The officer asked the driver about anything illegal being in the car and before she said, “I don’t think so,” she looked in the back seat.

Because of her hesitation the K-9 officer and dog were called out.

While waiting, the officer could smell fresh pot, but the driver insisted she did not do drugs and could pass a drug test.

The dog arrived and hit on the outside of the car, indicating drugs, The officers searched inside where they found a bag of pot weighing 3.41 grams.

The officer also found a pipe and a crystal rock which later tested positive for drugs.

It was under the passenger seat in the back. The back seat passenger was then arrested and charged with possession.

Sippin’ a cold one

A police officer driving down the road saw a man cruising down the highway in his pick up truck sipping on a cold beer.

Naturally he was pulled over for open container. While speaking with the driver, the officer asked him if he had anything else illegal in the car and he admitted to having “some bud.”

That wound up to be 4.38 grams of marijuana.

Even worse, according to the report, his license was suspended.

He was allowed to call a friend to come pick him up and he was cited for open container and possession. His car was towed.

Overreaction?

A man was walking his kid up to the school one day when he said a teacher came whipping into the parking lot, almost running them over. He dropped his kid off and approached the teacher in the parking lot.

He said she responded by telling the man that he and his son were not walking in the appropriate area.

He said he wanted to speak with her about the incident but according to the complainant, she said she did not have time because she was late for work.

According to the man’s side of the story, the teacher did not even apologize and was rude.

So he took his complaint to the principal who said she would look into it.

But he wanted more to be done, according to a police report, and called police.

The principal spoke with police and told them that she had already spoken with the teacher involved who said the complainant was very irate. She said she had not been driving fast or recklessly and that the man was so upset that he did not even hear her apologize not once, but twice.

She said she went inside the building because she did not want to engage in a confrontation in the parking area.

The principal told police that this particular teacher always arrives early and although she arrived later than normal, she was not late for her scheduled time to report to work.

Not criminal?

A 54-year-old woman went bat-crazy on her ex-boyfriend of just three months because he broke up with her.

According to a police report, the woman won’t stop calling and texting him. In less than 20 minutes she had called 14 times, which went unanswered.

She also sent two text messages that said, “You’re an *^$#^&*().” and “I hate you.” However she must not hate him that much because she called several more times while the man was trying to make a police report.

The ex-boyfriend kept silencing the phone until the officer told him to let her answer it if the ex-girlfriend called back.

Sure enough, she did and when the officer answered the ex-girlfriend hung up. She waited a few more minutes and called back.

Again the officer answered. This time the ex-girlfriend asked who was on the line. The officer introduced herself and the ex-girlfriend hung up and did not call back again.

The officer went back to headquarters and called the woman from there and got no answer.

She left a message advising the woman to stop calling or she would be charged with unlawful communication. She explained that her ex-boyfriend did not want to see her arrested but he would resort to pressing charges if she continued to call him past this point.

Well, she did not heed this advice and called 21 more times. The officer called the woman again.

This time she left a message saying she needed to call the police department back to make arrangements for turning herself in.

The officer even went to the woman’s home but did not find her there.

Eventually the ex-girlfriend called the officer back. She asked what she needed to do as far as turning herself in. The officer then asked the woman if she wanted to be arrested and she said no.

The officer then asked her if she knew it was against the law to continually call someone after being asked to stop She said she wasn’t aware.

The law was explained to her. When asked why she kept calling her ex-boyfriend she said, “because I felt like it.”

The officer asked her why she disregarded her instructions telling her to stop calling and the woman said she had not listened to the voice mail.

The woman then asked what was going to happen, and the officer informed her she was checking to see if the ex-boyfriend was going to press the charges.

Them, the ex-girlfriend had the nerve to ask the officer if she too could press charges against him “for making love to her the last three months and telling her he loves her.”

She told the officer they were making plans for a future together.

The officer advised her she could not press charges because it wasn’t criminal.

She said, “Hurting someone isn’t criminal?” The officer told her she was sorry she was hurting but she could no longer call her ex-boyfriend.

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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