Crime Beat

  • Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Help yourself!
On August 26 Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to respond to the theft of a motor vehicle from the Coastal Center, Miles Jamison Rd., Summerville. The victim told deputies that she had parked her gold Toyota Camry when she arrived at work that afternoon but had not locked it and left her keys in the ignition. When she went to get some change from it, around 9:40 p.m., she discovered it was gone.
While taking the report, deputies were notified by Summerville Police that a vehicle, matching the description, had just been involved in a traffic accident. The driver had fled the scene. Deputies informed the victim where she could locate her car.
Deputies were called to another vehicle theft, the same date, on Butternut Rd., in Summerville.
The victim told deputies his vehicle – a 2002 white Ford F250 – was locked and that he had the only key. However, deputies could find no broken glass at the scene.
Cocktails in the cup holder
Responding to a motor vehicle accident, Summerville Police noticed in one of the vehicles – a 1998 silver Toyota Camry – a cup in the cup holder smelling of alcohol. The driver, Barbara Barrs Johnson of Summerville, showed signs of impairment, according to police. When she was asked what was in the cup, she told police probably a Bud Light Lime-a-Rita malt liquor. The incident report notes she smelled of alcohol, and admitted to police she had consumed alcoholic beverages.
She also told police she takes prescription medications – Xanax and Oxycodone – on a daily basis.
According to the report she failed a field sobriety test and refused a breath test automatically losing her license to suspension. She was arrested and charged with DUI.
In response to a report of suspicious activity, Summerville Police found a man asleep on the porch of a vacant residence that is for sale at Waring Hall, James St., Summerville. Police observed open containers of beer near the male who was “out cold,” according to the incident report. The male was observed to be lying on his back with his pants down around his knees, police said.
After finally awakening the man, police learned he was Burnice Nesbit of Summerville. Nesbit gave police consent to search his person where they discovered a plastic bag containing green plant material in his pocket. The man told them it was marijuana but “it is not mine.”
Nesbit was charged with possession and public intoxication.

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