Crime Beat

  • Friday, August 30, 2013

Burning the house down?
Summerville Police were dispatched to assist Summerville Fire Department which had responded to a report of smoke coming from an apartment at the Abby Lane Apartments on East 3rd North Street. When police arrived they learned the SFD had made several attempts to awaken a man seen sleeping on the couch in the apartment. Smoke could be seen coming from the kitchen. Police forced entry because of the smoke and in concern for the safety of the man. Upon entry, police were able to awaken the man who exuded a strong odor of alcohol. The fire department determined the smoke was from hard boiled eggs on the stove. The man told police he had been cooking hard boiled eggs and “fell asleep.”
Dangerous shopping
Customers shopped at their own risk on Aug. 15, when an unknown man wandered around K-Mart exposing himself. Summerville Police were called to the store on Ladson Road for a reported indecent exposure. The victim told police she was shopping for school supplies when she had the sense someone was following her around the store. When she turned around, she saw the man who had followed her from school supplies to the air freshener section, had his penis exposed through his zipper and was masturbating. She told police she told the man to “knock it off and get away.”
She reported to police the subject was wearing an Ashley Ridge High School t-shirt and khaki shorts and the victim said she recognized the outfit as the type band members wear. Police requested the security video.
Drugs and alcohol
Summerville Police responded to a motor vehicle accident on Aug. 2 on North Main Street near East 3rd North Street. They observed two vehicles. The driver of one told police he had started to drive when the light turned green and had been T-boned by the other vehicle that ran a red light.
Police determined that the vehicle, driven by Michael Aaron Walden of Summerville, had run a red light and crashed into the other vehicle. Witnesses verified the course of events. Walden, who had an odor of alcohol, slurred speech and glassy eyes, failed a field sobriety test. He consented to a urine test and breath test.
The breath test results were less than 0.08 percent. However a DRE Evaluation determined that he was possibly under the influence of depressants and cannabis. Walden told police he had taken Percoset, Neurontin, Cymbalta and Robaxin that afternoon and had drunk two tall Bud Lights while playing video poker at Buffalo Wild Wings.
He was charged with DUI.

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