Crime Beat

  • Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Take responsibility
Elizabeth Wood Crowder was charged with DUI September 5 after a Dorchester County Sheriff’s deputy observed erratic driving.  The deputy turned on his camera and recorded the vehicle “darting and jerking between the center line and the fog line several times.” The vehicle’s speed changed “drastically” several times, according to the incident report.
The deputy pulled the vehicle over for suspicion of driving under the influence.
Crowder seemed extremely nervous and the deputy could smell a strong smell of alcohol. Her eyes were bloodshot and glassy, he said. She admitted she had three or four beers.
Crowder agreed to a field sobriety test, but failed it and was placed under arrest.
As the deputy awaited a tow truck, Crowder’s husband arrived at the scene and repeatedly asked that his wife be released. He eventually left the scene.
The deputy transported Crowder to the annex and asked if he could administer a breath test. She agreed, but did not blow hard enough for the machine to register. After three attempts, the deputy decided it was a refusal. He then booked her into the annex.
Vicious animal attack
Dorchester County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Inwood Dr., in Summerville for an animal attack.
On arriving, they met with the victim who said she had gone into the garage because their dogs were barking and found a stray cat. When she went to pick up the cat, it bit and scratched her. When her husband tried to pick up the cat it bit and scratched him. The female victim was taken to Summerville Medical Center by family members. The male was finally able to catch the cat and put it in a cat carrier. Animal Control responded and took the cat.
Employee disgruntled?
Summerville Police were called to Taco Bell on Bacons Bridge Road for the theft of the drive-through menu. The manager told police she had searched the area and was unable to locate the menu.
She told police a disgruntled employee may have taken it and that she simply wanted it documented because the site was going to have an inspection soon.

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