Man charged with DUI after crashing into deputy's cruiser

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - A man state troopers say caused a wreck that injured a Dorchester County sheriff's deputy early Monday has been charged with DUI.

According to SC Highway Patrol, 30-year-old John P. Lewis, of Summerville, is charged with DUI and open container after totaling a deputy's cruiser around 5:18 a.m. on Ladson Road.

Authorities say Lewis was driving westbound on Ladson Road when he made an illegal U-turn near Limehouse Drive, causing a collision. As a result of the U-turn, Dorchester County sheriff's deputy Chris Limehouse's cruiser struck Lewis' Nissan in the right side.

Limehouse and a passenger were taken to the hospital. Everyone involved was wearing a seat belt.

Limehouse was responding to a non-emergency call at the time of the accident, according to authorities. He did not have his blue lights on, but was not exceeding the speed limit. He was treated and released from the hospital.

Lewis is out on bond.

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