Friday, January 3, 2014
Summerville Police charged Columbus Warren Craven, 48, of Summerville, with DUI, second offence, Driving Under Suspension, second offence, and Resisting Arrest, on Dec. 20.
Police responded to Ladson Road after a concerned citizen reported a reckless driver. Observing the vehicle being operated in a reckless manner – the vehicle did not maintain its lane and crossed the center line, nearly collided with a vehicle stopped in the left turn lane and drove up onto the concrete divider almost colliding with a traffic sign – the officer initiated a traffic stop. The vehicle turned right into the Big Lots plaza where it pulled into the Hardee’s drive-thru.
Using the public address system, the officer instructed the driver to pull into a parking slot. The driver continued to order food and then pulled forward to the window.
The officer exited his vehicle and made contact with Craven. Craven’s face was red, his eyes glassy and blood shot and his speech was slurred. He kept telling the officer he lived “right there” pointing to Water’s Edge Apartments.
Eventually he told the officer he had driven from the InTown Suites and was on his way to his girlfriend’s.
After eventually producing a Tennessee license he told the officer he was an electrician working here. He refused to say the alphabet beginning with the letter C and ending with Q as requested, telling the officer he had not learned it that way and could only recite it starting with A and ending with Z.
He told police he had “a few beers” hours ago at a company party. He told the officer he could follow him if he wanted to his girlfriend’s. The officer informed him he was not driving anywhere, at which point Craven said “yes I am” put the vehicle in gear and peeled out.
The officer followed Craven to the front of a building at Water’s Edge where he chased him around the building twice before Craven ran inside and into an apartment.
The apartment door was eventually answered by a woman who told police Craven was attempting to leave the apartment via the screened porch. The officers discovered him there trying to climb through a hole he had made in the screen. Craven refused to stop and was ultimately Tasered, falling onto the handicapped ramp where he was taken into custody.
Craven was treated at Summerville Medical Center for a cut on his nose that had happened prior to the attempted traffic stop and subsequent arrest.
He was then transported to SPD for booking where police discovered he had a South Carolina driver’s license that had been suspended for operating uninsured.
He was charged and transported to the Dorchester County Detention Center in St. George.