CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – Four Lowcountry firefighters were arrested on disorderly conduct charges over the weekend after police say three of them were involved in a physical altercation outside a downtown Charleston pub after drinking.
According to Charleston police, all four firefighters had been drinking and were "grossly intoxicated." Officers were called to a physical altercation outside a Church Street pub in downtown Charleston around 2 a.m. Sunday. Upon arrival, Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen, who happened to be present at the location, was separating three of the firefighters who were being loud and aggressive towards each other.
Officers noticed that one of the men, 47-year-old Anthony J. Driscoll, a captain with the North Charleston Fire Department, could not stand up without leaning on the police cruiser. Officers say he was also slurring his speech and smelled like alcohol. Those factors led to Driscoll's arrest for public disorderly conduct.
Hanahan firefighter Benjamin Chinners, 25, was also arrested for public disorderly conduct after officers determined that he too was "grossly intoxicated" and involved in the altercation. North Charleston firefighter Troy Driscoll, 21, was also placed under arrest for public disorderly conduct.
Officers took the men into custody and they were booked into the Charleston County Detention Center.
About 30 minutes later, officers observed James Island firefighter, 24-year-old George Green, stumbling down East Bay Street. When officers asked how he was getting home, he told them "when I call people I know." Officers determined that the people he was referring to where the firefighters arrested earlier in the night.
Green was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct. On the way to jail, Green vomited in the patrol car, a police report states.