Crime in the Creek
The following incidents were obtained from Goose Creek Police Department reports:
Shortly after 3 a.m. on Nov. 17 a Moncks Corner man was pulled over on North Goose Creek Boulevard for driving 92 mph in a 55 mph speed zone. The driver was weaving erratically. The officer noticed the driver had a strong odor of alcohol, his eyes were glassy and his speech was slurred. The driver said he had two alcoholic beverages and would be willing to take field sobriety tests. The driver failed three field tests and was placed under arrest. His vehicle was inventoried and three plastic baggies were found in the driver’s side door compartment. The baggies contained what looked like marijuana. It was measured to be 44 grams. The driver registered with a .20 percent BAC after giving a breath sample. He was charged with DUI .16 or higher first offense and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
On Nov. 16 at about 5:20 p.m. a citizen reported a pickup truck with mud tires was driving recklessly and was all over the road. An officer in the area of St. James Avenue spotted the vehicle and saw the driver was not wearing a seatbelt. The vehicle stopped on Fairfax Boulevard. When the officer asked for proof of insurance and a driver’s license the man handed over a large sum of money and his license. The officer smelled a strong odor of alcohol. The officer asked if the driver had anything to drink. The driver held up a 22-ounce bottle of beer and said he just opened it and was drinking it. His speech was slurred and his eyes were glassy. The subject failed three field sobriety tests. His breath sample indicated a .05 percent BAC. The officer asked that he be taken to a medical facility for a urine test to see if he was under the influence of other drugs. The subject refused, saying he takes Xanax and does not want that used against him in court. He was taken to the detention center and charged with open container and DUI .08 or less first offense.
On Nov. 15 at about 6:30 p.m. officers were called to a nail salon off College Park Road in regard to an assault and battery. The owner was performing a fingernail service for a regular customer and asked her to pay for the service prior to its completion. The customer said her money was in the car. The owner said this customer has always paid. The customer meandered near her vehicle and the owner suspected she was not going to pay. The owner attempted to use her cell phone to photograph the customer so she could be identified if she left without paying. The customer became angry and said she would not pay for the service. The owner moved closer to take a photo when the customer elbowed her in the face under the right eye. This caused swelling. The customer said she intended to pay but the owner performed extra nail services. She said she lifted her arm to push away the owner’s cell phone when the owner’s face ran into her elbow. Both parties calmed down and came to an agreement. The customer paid $25 and the owner completed the service. The owner did not wish to press charges for the assault.