Police Blotter – ATM card not get-out-of-jail-free card

  • Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Police were called to investigate a possible drunk driver one evening. When an officer arrived in the area, he noticed the vehicle in question drifting in and out of the lane.

The officer made a traffic stop, and when he approached the vehicle, he began to smell alcohol, the report said.

The officer asked the driver for his license and the man handed over his bank card.

He then realized what he had done and took the bank card back and handed over his license.

The officer had to ask him again for his registration and insurance information and the driver had difficulties finding those items, the police report said.

According to the report, the suspect then asked to exit the car so he could walk around to his passenger side to look for his proof of insurance. When he did, the officer noticed the driver was unsteady on his feet, the report said.

The driver could still not locate his insurance card.

The officer asked him where he was coming from and the man named a local restaurant. The officer then asked him why he was coming from the opposite direction of that restaurant, but according to the report, the driver did not answer.

The officer asked the driver how much he had to drink and the driver replied that he had “a couple,” the report said.

The officer had the driver walk to the back of the car and could easily see the man had glassy eyes and his speech was slurred, according to the report.

Again the officer asked the man where he was coming from, and this time he said he was leaving his girlfriend’s house.

The officer asked him what was in the red cup in his cup holder and the driver replied that the cup was empty. According to the report, the driver then said there was “Captain” in the cup from earlier, but it was empty.

The officer explained that he would be conducting some sobriety tests and started by asking the driver if he had any problems with his eyes.

The driver replied that he had to wear sunglasses when the sun was out, but other than that, his eyes were fine.

According to the report, the field sobriety tests did not go so well, especially when the driver was asked to say the alphabet from “D” to “R.” The driver started with “A” and went to “P.” The officer then demonstrated again how to say it and the driver started with “D,” “E,” “G” and according to the report said, “I can’t do that man.” The officer asked him why not and the driver did not answer. He was subsequently charged with DUI.

At that station, the man complained that the situation was “B.S.” and that he should have just ran in his house and the officers could not have done anything to him, the report said.

Night gone bad

Police were called to an apartment complex because a man was allegedly pointing a weapon at a couple. But when officers arrived, they were approached by a resident who said a man had just smashed in the windows of his truck with a pipe.

However, this victim was not the one who called 911.

It turns out another couple did. According to the report, the female told police that she was at the club when an unknown man came up to her, shoved her and said he was going to kill her.

At this point, she and her boyfriend left the club. A short time later, they noticed the same person was allegedly following them.

According to the report, they pulled into a gas station to make absolutely sure they were being followed, and when they no longer saw the suspect following them, they continued on home. They parked far away from the apartment just in case and went inside.

Fifteen minutes later, they allegedly heard a loud banging on their apartment door.

They looked through the peephole and it was the same man pointing a gun at the door, the report said.

That’s when they called 911.

According to the police report, it turns out they have the same style truck as the man who got his windows smashed in and they believe the suspect mistook his truck for theirs.

Police found blood on the couple’s front door and fresh blood on the truck where the windows were smashed.

Police asked the female if she knew this suspect and she said she did not.

According to the report, about that time she got a call from a female who said, “You didn’t get enough of what my boyfriend did to your truck?” and then hung up.

The call came from a girl who used to date one of the couple’s friends, the report said. The victims were able to find some information on Facebook in regards to the identity of the caller and passed that on to police.

They also found screenshots depicted a person resembling the suspect standing next to a truck matching the one following them, the report said.

The victims were given case numbers and told to call police should they have any other information. The blood was collected for DNA analysis.

Road rage

A couple called police after a black, “jacked up” truck allegedly pulled out in front of them on Highway 41.

The female driver told the officer she tried to go around the truck, but the truck’s driver tried to run her off the road and would not allow her to get back into the right lane.

According to this woman, two other trucks pulled up behind her and in front of her, blocking the original offender, so she could not see his Georgia license plate.

The driver said these additional trucks also tried to run her off the road. The victims tried to get the drivers of those trucks to pull over, but they allegedly just made obscene hand gestures towards the couple.

The couple then turned onto Longpoint Road, and when they stopped at the light, one of the truck drivers allegedly jumped out and said, “If you want some of this, get out of the car and get some of this.”

Police patrolled the area looking for the suspects, but were unsuccessful.

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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