DUI suspect crashes into Shem Creek bridge

SUV crashes into Shem Creek bridge

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Mt. Pleasant police say they arrested a woman for driving under the influence early Sunday after she lost control of her SUV on the Shem Creek Bridge, knocking 30 feet of concrete and metal railing into the creek.

The single-vehicle wreck happened around 1:45 a.m., according to a police report. Officers said they arrived to find a dark-colored SUV on the sidewalk of the bridge, facing the southbound lane of traffic. The driver's side tire was hanging off the bridge completely and the vehicle was wavering, police said.

Police said it appeared the SUV had collided with a palm tree in the median before veering back into the railing of the bridge, causing concrete and metal railing to fall below.

The driver, 20-year-old Destiny Hetz, suffered no injuries in the crash. She told officers she lost control of her vehicle after she hit a curb.

Police said they detected a strong smell of alcohol on Hetz's breath. Hetz told police she only had one beer, according to the report.

She then refused to take field sobriety tests, and later refused a breathalyzer at the police station as well, police said.

Hetz was charged with driving under the influence. She was taken to the Charleston County Detention Center and later released after she was issued a $997 surety bond.

According to Mt. Pleasant police, Hetz was also arrested in late March and charged for being drunk in public and having a fake driver's license.

A police report states officers were called to the Shell Station on West Coleman Boulevard on Mar. 26 around 7:30 p.m. after a concerned motorist said he saw her swerving in and out of lanes on the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, almost causing an accident.

Police arrived and spoke with the concerned motorist, who told them Hetz was inside.  Officers said they noticed she was unsteady on her feet as she exited the station.

Hetz was questioned about her driving, and gave no reason for why she was swerving.  She told officers she was tired, but in a field sobriety test that followed, Hetz was unable to recite her ABCs from letter D to letter R.

She was then arrested and taken to the Charleston County Detention Center.

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