Crime beat

  • Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Ride the lightning
Officers responding to a traffic accident at Central Avenue and Butternut Road found a vehicle in a ditch and the driver irate and out of control. The driver kept yelling that he was not going to jail, that he was going home to his wife, and that he may have had an alcoholic beverage earlier in the evening but whatever the officers found in his car could just be thrown in the woods.
Officers asked him for his driver’s license, registration and insurance information, and he got in the passenger side but then seemed to get angrier and started beating the dashboard above the glove box. At one point he punched the gas in an attempt to get the car out of the ditch.
Officers told him to get out of the car and take his hands out of his pockets but he ignored them, continuing to punch the dashboard and step on the accelerator. An officer drew his taser and when the subject continued to refuse his commands, the officer deployed it for a full five-second cycle. After that they were able to get the subject out of the car, handcuff him, and place him under arrest.
Stolen checks
A Summerville woman reported that someone stole $9,256 from her bank account between Dec. 20 and Dec. 30, 2012. The woman said her bank contacted her several times to inform her that her account was overdrawn with checks written for large amounts of money. The bank also named three individuals that were involved in these incidents, as well as the dates of the incidents.
The woman gave this information to law enforcement and the case is under investigation.
Inside job?
A North Charleston man reported that someone forced entry into his residence through the side door. Once inside, the subject(s) removed an air conditioning vent in the floor and stole some $900 in cash the complainant kept hidden there. The subject(s) also took a video game system.
The complainant said no other vents were disturbed and only someone he knew would know he kept money hidden in that location.
A Summerville businessman reported that a 24-year-old Harleyville man is harassing him via text message. The complainant said the subject used to work for him but he recently had to fire the subject. The subject has been sending threatening and vulgar text messages. The complainant wants to seek a restraining order; he was also advised to contact the sheriff’s office for further assistance in the matter.

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