Deputies: Man charged after crashing car into power pole, fleeing scene

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 23-year-old man is facing charges after Charleston County sheriff's deputies say he fled the scene of a wreck after hitting and snapping a power pole with his car late Sunday night.

Hugh Patrick Wilson is charged with driving under the influence and leaving the scene of a collision with property damage.

The incident happened around 11:30 p.m. Sunday on Folly Road near Albemarle Road, when deputies say Wilson drove off the road, striking the power pole, a business's sign, and a parked SUV sitting in a parking lot.

All five lanes were blocked off in that area, but have since reopened. The incident also caused approximately 200 customers to lose service through mid-morning.

Deputies said that when they arrived at the scene, Wilson took off running and crossed Savannah Highway before running behind a building and jumping a fence. He was detained a short time later.

Deputies say Wilson told them he "drank four Bloody Marys and chased them with five beers [sic]." He also admitted to only eating a cheeseburger for dinner, the incident report states.

Wilson, whose speech was very slurred, refused to give a blood sample, authorities say.

Wilson was taken to MUSC for medical treatment of minor injuries. Deputies say this is the second time Wilson has been charged with DUI. According to his Virginia Driver's License Record, he was convicted of DUI in Virginia in January 2009, when he was 20 years old.

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