Report: Man charged with DUI after Mt. Pleasant hit-and-run

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Mt. Pleasant police say a drunk man told officers they were "about three hours late in stopping him" shortly after he hit a car in an apartment complex before fleeing the scene.

According to an incident report, officers were called out to Montclair Apartments Thursday at 1 a.m. in reference to a hit and run.

Witnesses at the scene told police they saw a red Jeep Cherokee crash into a vehicle while backing into a parking space. The Jeep then left the scene.

The report states witnesses were able to give the Jeeps license plate number, which was later found to be registered to Gregory D. Francis.

Officers say they arrived at Francis' home to find the Jeep in the driveway with the motor running. Francis was sitting in the driver seat.

Police say Francis smelled of alcohol and became extremely agitated when asked about the incident. When asked how he got scratches on his car, police say Francis began cursing and claimed he did not see any scratches.

The report states Francis then told police he had been drinking with friends, was drunk and that the responding officer was "about three hours late in stopping him."

After refusing to take a field sobriety test, police say Francis became aggressive with officers and raised his hand as if to strike, at which point he was restrained and arrested.

While being transported to the patrol car, Francis attempted to kick an officer several times, the report states.

Francis was charged with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of a collision with property damage, and use of force.

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