Alcohol/drug incidents

■ An Horry County policeman says when he arrived to a location on U.S. 701 South in the Conway section he found an unresponsive woman in the driver’s seat of a vehicle with the motor running.

Emergency medical workers on the scene told police that there was another woman lying in the backseat who was also unresponsive when they arrived. The medical workers turned off the vehicle and took the keys.

When the policeman talked with the driver, he says he could smell alcohol. A female passenger told police that they had been to CW’s Wings and Rib Shack where they had a few beers for her birthday

The driver was swaying, slurring and staggering. She told the policeman that she pulled off the road because she had too much to drink and intended to walk home or have someone come get her vehicle.

The Myrtle Beach woman then got out of the vehicle against the policeman’s instructions to stay in. He says he then told her to stay by a rear door, but she went to the front of the Circle K store. He got the woman and escorted her back to the car. As they neared the front of the car, the woman reportedly was very loud and staggering. The Conway woman told her to chill out and calm down, but the Myrtle Beach woman got into the car and continued to be loud causing a scene in the parking lot, according to the police report.

When she continued to be loud and disruptive, he charged her with public disorderly conduct and told her if she didn’t get out of the vehicle he was going to charge her with resisting arrest.

A Conway policeman then came to the scene and also tried to get the woman to get out of the vehicle, so the Horry County policeman went to the other side of the vehicle to remove her.

The Conway woman was also being very loud and boisterous and was yelling at the Myrtle Beach woman to get out of the vehicle and stop fighting with the police.

The Myrtle Beach woman became combative and resisted the policeman’s attempts to get her out of the vehicle. She tried to kick the policeman, bit and scratched his arm causing a superficial wound to his left and right forearms, ultimately knocking his body camera to the pavement, according to an Horry County police report.

The policeman was then able to get her into a transport wrist lock and free her other hand from the headrest. The Conway policeman helped the county cop get her out of the vehicle and put her on the ground without any injuries to her.

The Conway policeman’s body camera was available while the county policeman’s camera was on the ground.

The woman was also charged with public disorderly conduct and taken to jail and a hold was placed on her for resisting arrest.

The Conway woman was charged with public disorderly conduct.

■ A Conway man drew a number of charges after a Conway police report says he tried to get away in his vehicle after reportedly hitting another vehicle in the area of Hiland Avenue and Church Street at about 10:30 p.m. Monday night, according to a Conway police report.

The report says the victim was following the suspect on 16th Avenue when police were alerted and followed him all the way to the dead-end of 13th Avenue and Barker Street.

The report says the driver then left his vehicle and fled toward Pine Street through the apartments on Pine Street.

The victim gave police a description of the man and a policeman says he spotted a person, who matched the description of the driver, walking through the parking lot. When the suspect saw the patrol car he went behind the apartments. The policeman got out and saw the man running away from Pine Street. He called to him to stop, but he ignored the command and kept going with the policeman pursuing him on foot, the report says.

Eventually the suspect stopped and the policeman took him into custody. He says the man had glassy eyes and slurred speech and smelled of alcohol.

The policeman took the suspect back to the victim who positively identified him, according to the report.

The policeman ran the suspect’s license and found that his license is suspended for driving under the influence with a prior conviction of driving under suspension in the past five years.

The policeman also learned that the man had two prior DUI convictions in the past 10 years. Because the suspect had run from police, the policeman didn’t try to give him field sobriety tests. Instead he took him in for a breath test, which he refused.

He was charged with disobeying a police officer; DUS, suspended for DUI, second offence; DUI, third offense; and hit and run.

■ A young Conway man was reported to police after someone noticed that he was carrying a gun in The Coop bar on S.C. 544, according to a Conway police report.

A Conway policeman says the bar’s manager pointed him to the young Conway man who was carrying the gun. The police report says the man appeared to be highly intoxicated. The policeman says he easily spotted a gun sticking out of the young man’s pocket.

After telling the young man to put his hands up and not to reach for the gun, the policeman took it.

The police report says the man was slurring his speech, had bloodshot eyes, smelled of alcohol and told the policeman he had drunk four vodka red bulls while he was at the bar. He also told the policeman he did not have a concealed weapons permit.

A witness told police that the young man had the gun while he was involved in an altercation with some other young men. He was charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol and public drunkenness and was taken to jail. The policeman confiscated a Smith and Wesson .40-caliber pistol, three .40-caliber rounds, a black and silver Uncle Mike gun holster and a magazine ammunition clip.

■ When Conway police responded to a call at New Road and Creel Street at about 8 a.m. Sunday morning, they found a car in the ditch with emergency medical workers helping the man. The Conway police report says the medical workers told the policeman that the driver was unconscious and slumped over in the driver’s seat. He had irregular breathing and was unresponsive when they tried to wake him.

According to the police report, the medical workers said the man was overdosing so they gave him two doses of Narcan.

He became responsive shortly after he received the Narcan and was walking on his own. The man refused medical treatment. The policeman then began to think that the suspect was under the influence of narcotics. The suspect refused to try field sobriety tests and registered 0.0 on a breath test. He was taken to Conway Medical Center for a urine sample, but he wasn’t able to provide enough urine for the test.

He was charged with driving under the influence and taken to Conway Medical Center where he was cleared for jail.

■ A Conway woman was charged with driving under the influence after a Conway policeman was called to check on an intoxicated man at 810 Bowling, according to a Conway police report.

The policeman found the woman in her vehicle with the engine running. The policeman said the woman smelled of alcohol, was slurring her speech and had red eyes.

The suspect told the policeman she had drunk a few vodka and cranberry drinks at Tongy’s before driving over to 810 Bowling, according to the police report. As the policeman walked around the vehicle, he noticed that the woman’s vehicle had fresh damage.

The suspect performed poorly on field sobriety tests and was taken in for a breath test. She registered .14 and was taken to jail.

■ A Conway policeman found a young Conway man sleeping in his vehicle after he got reports that witnesses had seen lights going on and off, according to a Conway police report.

After the policeman thought he smelled marijuana, he searched the car and found a fully-loaded semiautomatic handgun. The policeman checked and learned that the man is prohibited from possessing a firearm. He also reported finding 1.4 grams of a white powdery substance inside of a plastic bag in a purse and 1.9 grams of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana.

He was charged with simple possession of marijuana; manufacture, distribution, possession of scheduled drugs; possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance near a school; unlawful carry; and possession of a pistol by certain persons and was taken to jail.

His bond was set at $25,615 and he was still in jail Tuesday.

■ A Conway woman was charged with driving under the influence after Conway police were called to the intersection of Medlen Parkway and Church Street to check on a vehicle collision at about 8 p.m. one night this past week, according to a Conway police report.

The report says emergency medical workers were already at the scene when police arrived because the driver had hit a concrete barrier that was off of the road, resulting in a laceration on her nose. The report says the woman’s airbags had deployed throughout her vehicle.

The responding officer said the woman’s eyes were glassy and she smelled of alcohol.

After performing poorly on field sobriety tests, the woman was taken in for a breath test, which she refused twice. She also refused offers to take her to Conway Medical Center for treatment.

However, when the jail staff refused to accept her the policeman took her to Conway Medical Center where she again refused treatment. She was taken back to jail.

The woman’s purse and cell phone were turned over to her husband.

■ Conway police were called to the Waffle House on Church Street at about 9 p.m. one night this past week where a Conway man was reportedly drunk and being rude, according to a Conway police report.

He complained to the cook about his food and was hostile to the cook and customers.

When police asked for the information they needed to trespass the man from the restaurant, he refused to give his date of birth.

When police checked on the man they learned that Probation and Parole had a warrant for his arrest. He was also charged with public drunkenness and taken to jail.

Vehicular crimes

■ Three automobile break-ins were reported to Conway police this past week. They were on Maple Avenue, Church Street and Leonard Avenue.

On Maple Avenue, the victims said they saw kids in their car at about 5:30 on a recent morning. Two of the boys ran away when the victims tried to talk with them, but one stayed behind, according to a Conway police report.

The juvenile told police that there were three boys involved in the auto breaking. One was his younger brother.

The owners told police that nothing was missing from their unlocked vehicle.

A Conway policeman was able to contact the boy’s stepfather, who said he was headed to the department.

When the policeman arrived, the stepfather was there with both of the juvenile boys. They were both given summons and released to their stepfather.

A second police report says there was a picture of the boys going through a pickup truck parked on Leonard Avenue at about 4:45 a.m. on a recent morning.

The Conway police report says the policeman recognized the brothers in the picture and knew where they lived because they had committed multiple automobile break-ins throughout the night. He said he had arrested them earlier in the day and released them. He went to the boys’ residence and arrested them again.

The truck owners told police that their unlocked truck had been ransacked, but nothing was missing.

■ Police were summoned to Conway National Bank’s branch on Church Street on a recent morning where a Conway man said he learned as he checked his bank balance online that morning that his balance was much lower than it should have been.

He reviewed the transactions and found that two checks totaling about $500 had been written on his account.

He checked his center console where he last saw his checkbook and determined that it had been taken.

The police report says it appeared that the checks had been deposited using a mobile banking app in Fort Mill.

■ A resident of River Pine Drive told Horry County police that she left her car parked for two days recently. When she came back she found the center console open and its contents scattered, according to an Horry County police report.

The only thing missing was the woman’s New York E-Z Pass that is a prepaid pass for tolls from Baltimore, Md., to New York. It had been mounted on the vehicle’s window.

Spat results in stabbing

Conway police were called to investigate a stabbing that happened at a Conway residence at about 3 a.m. Friday. Police found that there had been a stabbing and the victim was taken to Conway Medical Center with nonlife-threatening injuries, according to the Conway police report.

The altercation was apparently between two juvenile siblings. Neither child nor their mother wanted to press charges.

Errant child

A Loris man told Horry County police that a foster child placed with his family through the S.C. Department of Social Services, slapped him in the face recently and threatened to kill him and his wife, according to an Horry County police report.

The man told police that the fight was over the girl’s cellphone that she didn’t want to be separated from overnight.

The policeman said when he talked with the teen she was very angry and told him all she wanted was her cellphone.

When she told the policeman that she did threaten to kill her foster parents, the policeman detained her.

The policeman got a worker with the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice on the phone. That person asked the girl if she had thoughts of harming herself. She said she did.

The policeman then took the girl to a hospital emergency room to be medically cleared. When she was cleared, he took her to jail. She was charged with second-degree assault and being an incorrigible child.

The blinds moved

A Loris couple told Horry County police that when dogs began to bark, they went to an address on Cane Branch Road to see what was going on. When they got there, they saw a vehicle they didn’t recognize. The Loris woman said she noticed that the license plate had no number, according to an Horry County police report.

She also says at that point she saw the blinds move inside the house. She says she heard a noise and saw a shadow move.

The report says when someone started to move toward her, she called for him to stop and told the person that she would shoot if he came closer. Then she saw a yellow and red burst and the man shot at her three times. She shot back as she moved toward the vehicle after exchanging shots again.

The man got into a vehicle and the couple tried to follow him.

The Loris man said when they pulled into the residence he saw a dark green vehicle, and when the woman went to investigate he called 911. He said when he saw two suspects he told them not to move. The man says the suspects then opened fire on the woman and she managed to get cover and was met with more shots toward her and the man’s car, the police report say.

The man said he opened fire, which allowed the woman to get back to their car. The man says he got into the car and as he was leaving the property the suspect shot two more times before leaving, and he retaliated by shooting three times at the suspect’s vehicle.

Both victims said they shot all the ammunition they had. The policeman said he was able to find only one casing from the woman’s gun on the property and there was no damage to the building or vehicle. The police report also said the residence was cleared and no signs of forced entry were found.

She needed a restroom

Horry County police say an Aynor property owner called to say that she was watching a man and woman on her property through video surveillance, and that no one should be on the property at midnight on a recent night, according to an Horry County police report.

The policeman found the couple walking with flashlights toward the road. He reported seeing a truck parked in the driveway with what appeared to be black tape covering the last four digits of the license plate.

Just ahead of the truck, the policeman says he saw a locked cable blocking access to the property.

A Darlington man told the policeman that the Darlington woman with him needed a restroom so they stopped to use a porta-potty on the other side of the cable. The policeman says when he questioned the couple the man said they walked up to the residence, the woman used the porta-potty and they were walking away when he arrived.

He also told the policeman that someone playing a prank on him put the tape on his license plate.

They also said they didn’t go inside the residence, but the victims said they saw them come out. The policeman said he checked the couple’s shoes and then saw their shoeprints on the front porch and leading away from the porch, according to the Horry County police report.

When the policeman saw four rolls of tape lying near the dumpster, he questioned the man about it. The man said he and the woman had gone inside the residence and he had taken four rolls of tape and removed them from the residence. He said he left them beside the dumpster when police arrived.

The policeman charged the couple with burglary before finding a container of pills in the woman’s pocket. He told police that he had a prescription for the pills, but he didn’t have it with him.

He also found a black plastic container on the floorboard that held drug paraphernalia and miscellaneous pills and powders. When the policeman questioned the woman she claimed the box and its contents were hers and that she does take narcotics unlawfully. The couple was taken to jail.

Threatened with a gun

A Conway area man told Horry County police that when he got home from work at about 5:30 p.m. on a recent day he noticed that his bedroom door was kicked off its hinges. He said this caused a verbal dispute between him and his brother who argued about the door and the light bill.

The victim said when his brother pulled out a black revolver and pointed it at him several times his brother told him he would kill him.

When the victim was fixing his bedroom door he heard what he thought to be a gunshot inside his brother’s bedroom and he told him then that he had tried to shoot him.

The police called for the brother to come out of his room, and eventually he did. He told the police that he was sleeping and denied having a gun in his room or pointing it at his brother.

The suspect allowed police to search his bedroom where the revolver was found in plain view on a table beside the bed. The revolver had one spent shell casing inside and the policeman says he saw a small caliber hole in the wall near the door, according to the police report.

He was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition and pointing and presenting a firearm at a person.

She needs money

A Little River woman went to the Waffle House on Church Street at just before midnight one night this past week asking someone to call a cab, according to a Conway police report.

While they were trying to summon a cab the woman began to ask customers for money and rides and refused to leave when asked.

The police report says a policeman saw the woman earlier at the Walmart where she had already refused to pay for one cab ride. She was charged with trespassing and solicitation and taken to jail.

He’s got a gun

A young Conway man was stopped by a policeman who saw that he was not wearing a seat belt, according to a Conway police report.

The report said the man seemed nervous, was breathing heavily, sweating and was being overly courteous. The young man asked the policeman if he had stopped him because he wasn’t wearing his seat belt.

The policeman says that as he spoke with the man he detected a smell similar to green marijuana. He called for the department’s K9 Roko that alerted on the vehicle.

The driver then told the policeman that he had a gun in his waistband. The policeman immediately responded by taking control of the man’s hands and taking the gun.

The policeman checked the gun and found that it was loaded with nine, .22-caliber rounds and another in the chamber.

The policeman then found a green leafy substance that he believed was marijuana and an open bottle of Jack Daniels in the rear floorboard of the car.

When the policeman checked the suspect through dispatch he learned that he is prohibited in this state and the nation from possessing a gun.

The policeman later learned that the information about the man not being allowed to have a gun was incorrect. The charge was changed to unlawful carry of a gun. He was also charged with open container and seat belt violation and was taken to jail.


I'm the editor of the Horry Independent, a weekly newspaper in Conway, South Carolina. I cover city hall and courts, among many other subjects. Know of a good story? Call me at 843-488-7241.

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