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Intoxicated driver arrested after nearly colliding with cop
Monday, April 1, 2013

SANTEE — A 25-year-old Vance man went to jail March 23 after the Santee Police Department arrested him for driving with unlawful alcohol content.

According to the incident report, a Santee officer was patrolling on Old Number Six Highway around 4 a.m. when he noticed a vehicle turn off Old Number Six Highway west onto Bass Drive heading south.

“The car did not yield the right of way to my vehicle traveling east on Old Number Six Highway, causing me to brake suddenly to avoid a collision,” the officer reported.

The officer followed the vehicle and observed the driver cross the yellow line. At that point, the officer turned on the patrol car’s video camera to record the driver’s activity. During that time, the driver repeatedly crossed the center line and actually left the roadway at one point before swerving back onto the road, the report said.

Once the officer stopped the vehicle and approached it, he said he couldn’t clearly see the occupants of the vehicle and instructed the driver to roll down the windows.

“A reply came from the vehicle stating that the window was broken and they would have to open the door,” the report said.

The officer advised the driver and passenger to open the doors and to keep their hands out where he could see them at all times.

As the officer approached the driver, he noticed two open bottles of alcohol and two open beers in the vehicle.

Another Santee police officer arrived on the scene and assisted in removing the intoxicated passenger and driver from the vehicle.

One of the officers asked the driver how much alcohol he’d consumed before getting behind the wheel.

The driver said “not enough,” then told the officer that he was okay.

The officer asked the driver to complete a series of sobriety tests. In the first test, the officer asked the driver to say the alphabet.

The driver declined, saying he was in “special classes” and did not know the alphabet.

The officer then asked him to complete the “walk and turn” test. The driver again declined, claiming he was “not physically able to.”

The officer then asked the driver to stand on one foot and maintain his balance.

He failed the test.

Finally, the officer asked the driver to take part in the “horizontal gaze” test, where the driver is instructed to follow the movement — using only his eyes — of the police officer’s pen.

The officer noted the driver’s eyes didn’t have “fluid movement” and that he could not easily follow the officer’s pen.

After police transported the subject to the DataMaster Breathalyzer room at the Orangeburg County Detention Center, the driver was discovered to have a blood alcohol concentration of .14 percent.

The officer charged the driver with driving with unlawful alcohol content, broken seal violation and open container violation.

In other reports:

A 64-year-old woman employed at the Santee General Store on Old Number Six Highway received a citation from the State Law Enforcement Division after she allegedly knowingly sold cigarettes to an underage female.

An agent from the Alcohol Enforcement Team, working in conjunction with SLED, advised the Santee Police Department that an underage female entered the store and purchased cigarettes.

A SLED agent and a Santee police officer spoke with the clerk in question, and she admitted to selling the cigarettes to the underage patron. She said she “misread the date of birth” on the patron’s identification.

The clerk was cited for the sale of tobacco to a minor.

Source: http://thetandd.com/news/local/intoxicated-driver-arrested-after-nearly-colliding-with-cop/article_b8713cf6-9a79-11e2-8c89-001a4bcf887a.html

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