Police: Drunk man crashes into power pole, telephone box & fire hydrant

WALTERBORO, SC (WCSC) - Police say an intoxicated man who was driving under suspension, crashed into a power pole, telephone box and fire hydrant early Friday morning in Walterboro.

The Walterboro Police Department charged Antonio Lawverance Drayton with driving under the influence, driving under suspension, failure to stop for blue lights, resisting arrest and disregarding a traffic sign.

Officers were conducting a traffic safety check point at Robertson and North Lemacks when they saw a vehicle make a left turn without using a proper turn signal. As an officer was following the vehicle, he observed that the vehicle failed to stop at a 4-way stop.

The officer then activated his emergency light in attempt to stop the vehicle. According to investigators, the vehicle accelerated in an attempt to get away from the officer.

Authorities say when the suspect's vehicle attempted to negotiate a curve around the 600 block of Colleton Loop, the driver was unable to maintain control. Officers say the vehicle did a "180" and crashed into a power pole, a telephone box and a fire hydrant.

A police report states when officers made contact with the driver, he attempted to get away as soon as he got out of his vehicle. Officers then used a taser to bring the driver to the ground. Police say the driver continued to resist and was tased again.

According to investigators, Drayton was driving under suspension.

A search of the vehicle located an open, cold bottle beer in the passenger side floor board. Police say they noticed that Drayton had an odor of alcohol coming from him.

Drayton told officers that he drank several beers at the Plum Crazy bar. Officer say they attempted to give Drayton a field sobriety test but he could not follow the directions. He also refused to provide a breath sample.

Drayton then told authorities he needed medical attention. He was then taken to the hospital, released and locked up at the county jail.

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