Thursday, May 1, 2014
The following incidents were obtained from Goose Creek Police Department and Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office reports:
• Shortly before 5 a.m. on a recent morning a vehicle was pulled over on Howe Hall Road near the elementary school for reckless driving. The deputy smelled alcohol and asked the driver if they had anything to drink. The driver said they had a couple of drinks that evening. The passenger said she had been drinking as well. There was also wine in a red plastic cup in the console between the driver and passenger. The deputy also found two open bottles of beer on the passenger side floor. The deputy said he could not allow either of them to drive the vehicle any further. The vehicle was towed, the driver was given an open container citation and the deputy gave the two subjects a ride to their house.
• A man stole two DVDs but dropped them while an officer was pursuing him. At about 1:30 p.m. on April 13 a man walked out of the St. James Avenue Walmart without paying for two DVDs, which he had stuck in his fleece pocket. He ran out of the store and toward a nearby fitness center. A police officer began pursuing the subject and found him in the courtyard of nearby apartments. The officer commanded the shoplifter to stop, but he did not listen. The shoplifter took off his fleece and put it on the ground, leaving him with a shirt on. He looked directly at the officer before running off. The officer was unable to local the subject after he ran behind apartment buildings. The officer found the two stolen DVDs in the fleece pocket. The officer reviewed security footage from Walmart and saw the subject park a vehicle. The vehicle was still in the parking lot. He was the only occupant of the vehicle when it pulled up. Through a DMV search the officer was able to positively identify the subject.
The officer waited for his return. In about 20 minutes the subject was seen walking toward the car. The officer was unable to conceal himself quickly enough. The subject saw the officer, ran across U.S. 176 and hopped the fence onto Alcoa property.
Units responded to the area but were unable to find the subject. Since the vehicle was used prior to shoplifting and since the subject attempted to return to it after the crime, the officer called to have the vehicle towed and impounded. The officer filed warrants for shoplifting and resisting arrest. The subject currently has a warrant through the Charleston Police Department for drunkenness in public.