2019-04-12 / On Second Thought

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

West Columbia

Charleston Highway: A woman was arrested at 11 a. m. Tuesday after she got into an altercation with officers as they detained the man she was with. Police were called to a business at 10:30 a.m. when an employee noticed a man sleeping in a car on the premises. She told officers it appeared he had been sleeping in his car for quite some time and in full view of customers entering and leaving, and she wanted him to move on. He was gone when the officers arrived but the employee gave them a good description of him and they spotted him walking with a woman a short time later. The couple was going into a fast food restaurant when the officers detained them. As they were questioning the man, the woman became belligerent and began yelling about how much she “disliked” the police and recounting her encounters with them. She got louder and began to swear in the restaurant and was asked several times to either quiet down or leave the eatery. She refused to settle down and the restaurant manager wanted her officially trespassed from the place. At that point, she became even more aggressive and stormed out of the door, banging it open, and slamming it shut. She was detained by the officers but she was completely uncooperative and began to pull away from them. She was finally cuffed, charged with disorderly conduct, and taken to jail without further incident.

McSwain Drive: A man was arrested at 11 p.m. Saturday after an officer on patrol saw him run a red light. The officer conducted a traffic stop and when he ran the plates on the vehicle, he discovered the car had a suspended registration due to the owner getting into a prior accident. Even though the driver wasn’t the owner, he had to admit to the officer he didn’t have a license to drive. Another computer check revealed his license was suspended for failure to pay five traffic tickets dating all the way back to 2015. He also had three prior tickets for driving under suspension also going back to 2015. At this point, the man was again charged with driving under suspension and taken to jail.

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