Cops: Woman drives from Mt. Pleasant to N. Charleston in wrong direction

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Investigators say a woman driving under suspension drove drunk in the wrong direction of the interstate from Mount Pleasant to North Charleston early Friday morning.

The North Charleston Police Department charged 24-year-old Leslie Ann Warner of Ladson with driving under the influence, driving under suspension and a seat belt violation.

Around 3:37 a.m., police officers received a report of a vehicle traveling the wrong way on I-526 and was last seen in the area of the North Rhett exit.

Police say a lieutenant spotted Warner's vehicle traveling the wrong way on I-26 in the area of the Rivers Avenue exit. According to police, when an officer located Warner's car, the vehicle struck another car head on.

As the officer got on scene, he found the victim standing outside next to his silver Pontiac and Warner's silver Nissan.

Authorities say Warner was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the driver seat to the passenger seat. The officer reported that when he approached Warner's vehicle, he could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from inside the car.

An incident report states that as EMS crews removed Warner from the car, the officer observed that Warner's eyes were red and blood shot, her speech was slurred and a strong odor of alcohol was coming from her.

Warner was then transported to MUSC.

When asked at the hospital how many drinks she had, Warner said, "I only remember having two" when she left a Mt. Pleasant bar.

Police say Warner had a suspended license for failure to pay traffic citations.

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