Never know who might meet the girlfriend

  • Tuesday, September 10, 2013

On September 4, Summerville Police were conducting stationary radar speed enforcement on Central Ave. near Simmons Ave., when a bronze Dodge Durango, traveling north on Central passed at a high rate of speed. The car was pulled over at South Cedar and West Richardson Ave.
There were two occupants in the vehicle, according to the incident report, and police could detect a strong odor of marijuana. They radioed for back-up and asked the occupants to exit the vehicle.
When the officer asked the driver, Vaughan Antony Crippins, 60, of Summerville if he was all right, he responded “ummmmm” according to the report. When asked if he had been drinking he said “uttttunh.” The officer told Crippins he could smell marijuana and asked if he had any to which he answered “uttttunh,” as he raised his hands in the air. The officer finally noticed that the odd mumbled answers were due to him having something in his mouth. He ordered Crippins to open his mouth and observed a large, plastic bag. He had Crippins spit it out, placed him in handcuffs and Mirandized him. The officer then established the bag had a white powder-like substance in it that tested presumptive for cocaine.
The officer advised Crippins he was under arrest at which point Crippins told him he had an open beer inside the vehicle.
The officer then made contact with the passenger, who Crippins said was his girlfriend. The officer, treating the subject as a female, soon discovered she/he was actually a man dressed as a woman. S/he told police that Crippins and s/he had just met and had spent the evening at Crippin’s house “getting to know each other.”
S/he said Crippins was driving him/her back to North Charleston.
The officer searched the vehicle and located an open bottle of beer.
Crippins told police he was on probation and was going back to prison for the same thing he was being arrested for.
Police had the vehicle towed and gave the “girlfriend” a lift to the SPD lobby to wait for a ride from family.
Crippins was transported to Summerville Medical Center to make sure he had not ingested cocaine.
Crippins was issued speeding and open container citations, and charged with possession of cocaine. He was taken to the county detention center in St. George.

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