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Cab driver gets the ride of his life

  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Police were dispatched to Highway 17 in reference to a man asking for help. When an officer arrived, he heard someone yelling and finally saw a man standing on the exit ramp.

According to a police report, the man said two other men tried to kill him.

It turns out the man was a taxicab driver and he said the front-seat passenger had assaulted him.

He described both suspects in detail and other officers began patrolling for the two men.

He explained that he had been in Charleston when these two men began frantically trying to wave him down.

He dropped off his passengers and turned around to pick these two men up, the report said.

He said they smelled sweaty and he asked them how their night was. They responded that it had been a long night and the fellas had gotten into some stuff, the report said.

They asked to be taken to Daniel Island, so the driver headed towards the bridge and again asked them about their night. The passenger responded that it was a long story and again said it had been a long night.

According to the report, the victim drove along, and then out of nowhere, the passenger grabbed the steering wheel and yanked it so the car crashed into a cement barrier.

He then looked at the driver and allegedly said, “You know what this is!”

The driver said he yelled, “What are you doing?” and again the passenger said, “You know what this is.”

The driver then tried to get out of the van and the passenger grabbed his shirt to prevent him from doing so, the report said. The victim was then allegedly punched in the head about six times.

According to the report, he managed to get out of the car and tried to run away, but he was being chased. He then allegedly heard the other passenger tell his buddy that they needed to get out of there.

Thankfully, a passing motorists saw the victim trying to wave her down for help and called 911.

Police were able to find the two suspects and charged them with assault and battery third degree, disorderly conduct, malicious mischief and reckless driving.

Time to go

A girl had to call police regarding an assault committed by a “friend” of hers. According to a police report, she had been letting this girl stay with her in her apartment.

The suspect had been drinking all day, the victim told police, and they had a verbal disagreement.

She then informed the suspect it was time for her to leave and she would be needing to find another place to live, the report said.

The suspect then allegedly grabbed the victim by the head and slammed her into the wall twice. The victim told police that the suspect left the house in an intoxicated state. Police set out looking for the suspect but could not track her down.

The victim declined medical treatment and then declined to press charges, saying she was just concerned for her friend.

Where's my car?

A woman woke up one morning to go to work, and would you believe her car had been stolen out of her driveway? She told police she parked her car around the back of her house like she always did.

She even went out to the vehicle in the middle of the evening to grab something and did not see anything amiss, the report said.

But she did leave it unlocked, the report said, and by the next morning, the car was gone. Her husband said he could not think of anyone who would have done this.

According to the report, he did mention having to fire an employee that week but didn't think the employee would do anything of that nature.

Police logged the car and information into their database, but other than that, there wasn't much they could do.

In plain view

Of all places to go buy drugs and then smoke them, a major shopping center parking lot probably isn't the best idea. But nonetheless, an alleged suspect who chose to do this got caught, according to a police report.

At any rate, an officer just happened to be in that same parking lot and began observing a suspicious car.

It was parked outside of a restaurant with the engine and the lights off. One man sat inside alone, the report said.

A short time later, a man came out of the restaurant, got in the car, and sat there for a few minutes.

After a brief period, according to the report, he returned back inside the restaurant.

The officer eventually approached the vehicle where the driver was still sitting.

As he did, the officer smelled marijuana, according to the report.

He knocked on the window on the driver's side and the driver turned and looked at the officer.

As he did he said, “Awww shucks,” and then opened the door, the report said.

According to the police report, a large amount of marijuana smoke came billowing out of the car.

The man was led out of his car and handcuffed.

An 8.85-gram bag of marijuana was found along with a scale, baggies and rolling papers. The man was arrested for possession with intent to distribute.

According to the report, he admitted to “smoking two blunts before and after I goes into work.”

Police then went into the restaurant in an attempt to locate the other subject. He was found and asked to step outside. The officer asked him to discuss why another person was sitting inside his vehicle smoking marijuana.

He was also asked if he had anything illegal on him and he admitted to a bag of weed in his pocket, which weighed 5.92 grams, the report said.

He was arrested for simple possession.

Stop drinking

Police were called to a gas station because a man was grossly intoxicated and walking around the parking lot looking shabby and dirty.

When officers arrived, they saw a drunk man trying to exit the store, but he was having a hard time getting the door open, the report said.

He had to use the glass wall for support to help him stay balanced.

When he finally made it outside, according to the report, he went straight over to the officers and said, “It's me you're looking for. I'm drunk.”

When asked how much he had to drink that day, he said, “a lot.”

According to the report, he said he walked over to the gas station and added, “I know what the judge will say. Buddy, you need to stop drinking.”

He would soon find out, as he was taken to jail for public intoxication.

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 featured in this section have not been adjudicated at the time of publication.

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