NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Authorities say an off-duty Charleston County sheriff's deputy called for backup and pointed his agency-issued sidearm at a suspected drunk driver who attempted to back over him with a truck Tuesday.
According to the incident report, deputy Dennis Carter said he alerted North Charleston dispatchers shortly after 5 p.m. that he watched a white Doge truck knock over several mailboxes on Bentwood Drive in North Charleston before making a U-turn and traveling down the other side of the road.
The driver, later identified as 44-year-old Frank Mitchell Lewis, noticed Carter following him and pulled over and began "aggressively" motioning for Carter to go around him.
Lewis began to back his vehicle toward Carter, who told North Charleston dispatchers that he would have to confront him. When the deputy displayed his badge the suspect cursed at him and drove off, the report stated.
Carter followed and again Lewis backed up to confront the deputy, so Carter pulled his weapon, pointed it at Lewis and ordered him to turn off the truck. Lewis gave Carter the middle finger and drove away again, the report stated.
When a North Charleston police officer arrived, Lewis was pulled from his truck. According to the report, Lewis refused to obey commands and told officers he would punch anyone who tried to put him on the ground.
Lewis was then forced to the ground and placed into custody
Lewis, 44, was charged with driving under the influence and resisting arrest after he refused to take a breath alcohol test.