Man charged with felony DUI in overnight Hwy 52 Connector wreck

RAW: Hwy 52 Connector wreck
Benjamin Dodson. Source: CCDC
Benjamin Dodson. Source: CCDC

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A part of the Highway 52 Connector was shut down early Friday morning after police say a man who was drunk crashed into a car while driving down the wrong lane.

The wreck happened in the eastbound lanes of the connector over Interstate 26 around 2:30 a.m.. Traffic was shut down for about 30 minutes while authorities helped clear the wreckage.

According to an incident report, a Ford F-150 was traveling westbound down the eastbound lanes when it collided with a Honda CRV.  When officers arrived on the scene, the driver of the F-150 was missing, and the rear end of the CRV was hanging over a retaining wall.

Police say the driver of the CRV was pinned inside the vehicle. The driver was freed from the car and taken to MUSC by EMS.

Officers were able to track down the owner of the F-150 to a Sleep Inn Hotel. The driver of the truck was identified as 30-year-old Benjamin Dodson.

According to police, Dodson checked into his hotel room at 6:45 a.m. When police arrived, Dodson's pants were torn and covered in blood, and he smelled of alcohol. He also had cuts on his hands and body, and his eyes were bloodshot.

Police say Dodson told them he did not remember anything.

Dodson was arrested for felony DUI with great bodily injuries. A background check shows that Dodson's license was suspended prior to the accident for cancellation of insurance. The F-150 involved in the accident did not have insurance.

Additionally, he was charged with leaving the scene with person injury, driving under a suspended license, and operating an uninsured vehicle. After being taken to a nearby hospital for his injuries, Dodson was booked at the Charleston County Detention Center.

No serious injuries were reported as a result of the wreck.

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