Crime in the Creek
The following incidents were obtained from Goose Creek Police Department reports:
• At about 2 p.m. on Dec. 7 an officer saw a pedestrian who appeared intoxicated walking in and out of the roadway attempting to cross St. James Avenue near the Fairfax subdivision. The man was stumbling across the street and the sidewalk and was flailing his arms as if to keep his balance while walking. He stepped into the road and oncoming traffic several times. The officer approached him and smelled a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage. The man said he had two beers at 10 a.m. that day and was heading to his girlfriend’s house. The man’s speech was slurred and several times the officer had to assist him in standing up so he wouldn’t lose his balance. He was arrested for public intoxication and taken to the detention center.
• A Summerville man was arrested and charged with DUI more than .10 but less than .16 and child endangerment/vehicular offense.
On Dec. 4 at about 7:50 p.m. an officer was traveling west on St. James Avenue near Central Avenue when he saw two vehicles trying to occupy the same lane. The Lincoln Towncar was trying to change from lane 3 to lane 2. It appears the pickup truck in lane 2 was not allowing the Lincoln access to the lane. The Lincoln sped up in lane 3 and was eventually able to switch into lane 2 at Crowfield Boulevard. The truck then got into lane 1 and sped up to pass the Lincoln. The truck moved into lane 2 and slowed down in front of the Lincoln. The Lincoln attempted to pass the truck in lane 1 but the truck began moving into that lane. The officer pulled both vehicles into a gas station. The officer talked to the truck driver, who had an adult female, a 12 year old and seven year old passenger.
The officer detected a strong odor of alcohol from the truck driver. The truck driver said he would not be able to do the walk and turn test because of a recent knee injury. He said his other knee was ailing him as well. He admitted to consuming too much alcohol and was apologetic. He said he could not count and was not familiar with the English alphabet. He was arrested and taken to the police department, where he said he had several shots of liquor that evening. His blood-alcohol level was measured at .16 by the DataMaster test.
• At about 2 p.m. on Dec. 6 a Summerville man and a Ladson man were parked at a gas station off North Goose Creek Boulevard. That’s when an officer saw the passenger drinking from an open beer bottle. The two men said they had arrived at the gas station after getting off work and one of their brothers was en route to pick them up. Both had an open bottle of beer. They were cited with open container, which carries a bond amount of $257 per charge.