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‘Extremely intoxicated’ driver charged with DUI, no S.C. license

‘Extremely intoxicated’ driver charged with DUI, no S.C. license

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Santee Police Department

A drunk driver with a Mexican driver’s license bearing a Holly Hill address received little diplomatic immunity from the Santee Police Department.

At 12:30 a.m. on Dec. 8, a citizen approached a Santee officer at the Santee Conference Center and reported having seen a white Ford truck going “all over the road” and “on the wrong side of the road” on Bass Drive east toward Highway 6. The officer caught up with the driver of the identified truck who had stopped at the Santee General Store.

Approaching the vehicle, the officer smelled booze and asked the driver to step out of the truck, the report states. Because it was raining, the officer instructed the 34-year-old man, who was reportedly “extremely intoxicated,” to join him under the store’s canopy, where he was subjected to a field sobriety test. The driver admitted to having consumed a couple of alcoholic beverages. After quickly failing the standing-on-one-leg test, he was arrested. The truck was impounded and the Mexican national was arrested and transported to the Orangeburg-Calhoun Law Enforcement Complex where he blew .19 in a Breathalyzer test.

The man was charged and arrested for drunk driving and for not having a South Carolina driver’s license, and he was jailed pending a bond hearing.

In other reports:

* An officer observed that a 65-year-old Pineville man, who had parked his Chevy truck on the grass sidewalk at the Super 8, was falling-down drunk.

A witness had reported seeing a Chevy truck traveling erratically and into opposing lanes on Highway 6 at 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 11. Police arrived and watched as the man demonstrated difficulty standing beside his car, then had difficulty trying to get back into his truck, the report states. That’s when the blue light came on. The officer approached the man and observed an opened gin bottle in the front of the car. When he asked for the man’s identification, the driver leaned into the front area of his truck for the futile search for his license. As he was fumbling around looking for his license, the officer retrieved the wallet and the license inside from his back pants’ pocket.

The officer then told the man to step away from his vehicle, and after taking a few steps, the driver fell flat on his face in the parking lot.

The man’s car was impounded, and he was taken to the Law Enforcement Complex where his blood alcohol test scored .23. He refused to be booked into the detention center before being medically cleared from possible injuries sustained in his fall. He was transported to the Trident Regional Medical Center for a Cat scan, cleared, then taken back to the Orangeburg County Complex, where he was jailed pending a bond hearing.

* A woman called police to report that her white 2002 Chevy Malibu had been stolen, along with items she had bought for Christmas presents from the Cracker Barrel.

Police responded to a Brim Street address where they met with the 50-year-old resident who said her car had tinted windows with a picture of her brother on the back window. Officers observed a small amount of glass on the ground where the car had been parked under a rear canopy. Losses were estimated at $5,001. The vehicle serial number is 1GCEC14W5XZ187674 and the S.C. tag number is GAB620.

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