Summerville man charged with third DUI following police pursuit

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - Police say a 34-year-old Summerville man was charged with his third DUI in three months after leading police on a car and foot chase in West Ashley early Sunday morning.

The Charleston Police Department charged Charles Coleman Driggers with narcotics violation, possession of cocaine, driving under the influence and a habitual offender charge. Driggers was convicted in November of last year and on Jan. 7 for DUI.

Around 2:12 a.m. on Sunday, authorities say they spotted Driggers on Glenn McConnel Parkway speeding in a red truck.

According to a police report, when officers initiated a traffic stop, the truck did not stop but slowed down and was swerving from lane to lane. Officers say as the truck approached an over pass, Driggers opened the door to the truck and rolled out.

Police say Driggers then jumped back onto his feet, ran, then jumped over a railing and slid down an embankment into the woods.

A K-9 unit eventually found Driggers who officers say had watery eyes, was uneasy on his feet and had an odor of alcohol from his breath. Authorities say Driggers refused any type of sobriety tests and was placed under arrest.

Investigators say they found a cup that contained beer and cocaine in the truck.

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