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Blind driver admits to having hard time seeing at night

  • Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Officers patrolling the Old Village almost got run over by a man trying to make a u-turn — right on top of them.

The officers observed a car heading in their direction. Just after passing Vennign Street the driver ran off the road, driving on the dirt shoulder.

Suspecting the driver might be intoxicated, the officers made a u-turn to follow him.

Then the suspect suddenly stopped in front of the officers crossed over the center line and stopped on the sidewalk on the other side of the street, according to the police report.

He then backed up into the roadway almost hitting a street sign and tried to make a u-turn right on top of the cruiser.

They hit the blue lights and conducted a traffic stop right in the middle of Royal Avenue.

The driver and a back seat passenger told the officers they were lost and that is why they made the u-turn.

The passenger did most of the talking and said they dropped his cousin off at a girl’s house and got lost.

Then he said the driver is blind and has a hard time seeing at night.

Wait...what?

The driver then admitted to needing eye glasses to drive at night and that is why he drove off the road.

The report said that it seemed suspicious they would get lost on Royal Avenue and Venning Street when they dropped off a person between Coleman Boulevard and Royal Avenue.

It would have been very easy to turn around and go back to Coleman, the police report said.

The report indicates that the officer found it odd that the passenger would sit in the very small back seat of this sports car rather than sit in the front passenger seat.

The passenger was close to 6’ tall and 250 lbs.

There was nothing that could be proven illegal, so he was cited for making an improper u-turn and driving on the sidewalk.

Yeah, okay

A man called police after a disturbance between him and his ex-wife.

They met at Wando Crossing to exchange their child and once the child was in his father’s car, the mother peels out of the parking lot with great speed.

The father then left the parking lot and at some point the mother fell behind him in the same lane.

She eventually turned off and he kept going.

Just a few miles up the road he pulled into a grocery store parking lot and the mother came barreling up behind him, according to his statement and began tailgating him while his child was in the car.

She then circled the parking lot, watching him, and then drove off, the incident report said.

The responding officer then called the mother to get her side of the story.

She admitted to burning out in her car, but said she was in the vicinity of her soon to be ex-husband’s travels because she lived up the road.

She said she pulled off to email her lawyer about a civil issue and then continued driving to a store, which just happened to be located in the same grocery store parking lot that the father was in.

She told the officer that she realized her soon-to-be ex-husband was pulling into the same shopping center so she went around him and pulled into another entrance so as not to seem like she was following him.

She said she circled the lot to make sure they were not going to the same place.

The case was closed due to there being no evidence of wrongdoing.

Out of gas

An officer noticed a car parked on the side of the road with the hazard lights on so he stopped to see if he could help.

The driver told the officer she was on her way to work when she ran out of gas.

As with all traffic stops, the officer ran the vehicle license tag through the computer and it came back as suspended. The woman’s driver’s license turned out to also be suspended, the incident report said.

The woman told the officer that she missed her court date because the City of Georgetown sent her to the wrong court.

She said she ended up paying her ticket over the phone because of it.

However, the computer did not indicate that so she was arrested for driving under suspension and an expired license plate.

She was released on a courtesy summons, however.

Her car was towed, the license plate was confiscated and she got a ride home with a family member.

A little aggressive

A delivery truck driver had to call police because a driver in a car behind him was acting a fool.

The delivery driver said the man was driving behind him very aggressively and honking his horn.

He said the car then drove around the delivery truck very aggressively and then parked in the driveway of a house up the street.

The delivery driver told police that he stopped to ask the suspect what was wrong and that the suspect pulled out a tire iron and struck his own car with it - kind of like reverse road rage.

The delivery truck driver then drove off and called police.

He said he did not want to press charges in the matter but wanted an officer to speak to him in case he was a dangerous person.

An officer made contact with him and he explained that he had just left the dentist where he had two teeth pulled.

He said every time he tried to pass the delivery truck he would get cut off.

He said his mouth was bleeding and he just wanted to get home and change the gauze and spit.

The officer warned him that he could have been charged and that he should be more careful with his temper.

He admitted to overreacting, according to the report and he apologized.

Misunderstanding

Police were called to mediate an argument between two brothers.

The older brother (20) was mad at the younger brother (17) because he thought he ate his pizza. In fact he was so mad, that he grabbed a kitchen knife and threw it at his younger brother.

He missed, according to the police report.

But when police arrived they found the two brothers talking calmly in the driveway.

They said it had been a misunderstanding and that all was okay.

It turns out it was someone else in the house who inadvertently ate the pizza thinking it was okay.

The officer asked the older brother if he had any place he could go until things were sure to be calmed down and he said he did not.

About that time their father walked out and told the officer he would like his son to leave for the night.

He told him he could go stay at an apartment he owns. The police officer escorted him to the apartment for the night.

Ain’t done nothing

Police were called because a driver was suspected of being intoxicated.

They were called to a local parking lot and sure enough found the car in question but it was not occupied.

Minutes later a man came walking out from behind a building.

He was identified as the owner of the car in question and confirmed to be the driver by a witness.

The officer asked him his name and he answered and said, “I hadn’t done nothing wrong.”

The officer asked him where his car was and he said he had not been driving.

He said he had been dropped off.

When asked if he had been drinking, he said he had not. Although the police report indicates the officer could smell alcohol on his breath, according to the police report.

He was told he would be offered field sobriety tests and according to the police report, “that’s when he began whining saying he was going through a divorce and that he didn’t want to go to jail.”

He kept repeating that he was not driving and wanted to know why they police were doing this to him.

Well, he failed all of the tests and was arrested for DUI.

The officer then interviewed the witness who said the suspect had been tailgating him for quite some time.

He said he attempted to change lanes to get out of the way but the suspect followed him.

They ended up in the same parking lot where the report said the suspect became belligerent with the victim over not being able to find his wallet.

The suspect accused the victim of taking his wallet, which was impossible because the victim didn’t even know the suspect nor had he been in his car to have access to the wallet.

The suspect said he was afraid of what might happen so he and his family attempted to leave.

The suspect then got in his car and sped off. The victim said he noticed the man to be possibly impaired so he followed him and watched the man park his car and get out and walk away.

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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