Police: Man lied about aunt being sick to avoid speeding arrest

Police: Man lied about aunt being sick to avoid speeding arrest

JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Police say a Hanahan man was arrested Saturday after he lied to them about an aunt's medical condition so he would not be taken to jail for speeding.

Charleston Police Department officers arrested 26-year-old Tommie Juner Johnson Jr. last Saturday and charged him with filing a false police report.

Officers say it all began on May 9, when a police officer pulled Johnson over for speeding on the Stono River Bridge. Police said they clocked Johnson at 78 miles per hour in a 45-mile-per-hour zone as he drove his 2001 GMC Savannah van from James Island towards Johns Island around 1:52 a.m.

When officers pulled the van over near Headquarters Plantation Drive, Johnson told them, "I know you normally arrest for this speed," a report states. Johnson then explained that his aunt was having a heart issue and needed to go to the hospital.

Police asked Johnson where his aunt lived, and when he told them, they got on the radio and dispatched two police cruisers, a Charleston Fire Department truck, and Charleston County EMS to the address.

Johnson was cited for speeding 26 miles per hour over the posted speed limit and was released to assist his aunt, according to the report.

However, a short time later, the police officers who responded to the aunt's home said they made contact with the victim, who told them "she was fine and had no health issues," the report states.

After reviewing video of the stop and speaking with a sergeant at the station, police decided to charge Johnson with filing a false police report.

He was arrested and taken to the Charleston County Detention Center.