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Police: Drunk driver charged after hitting 2 construction workers overnight

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) -

Mt. Pleasant police say a 33-year-old man is behind bars after allegedly hitting two construction workers while driving drunk and fleeing the scene early Friday morning.

Ralph Stephen Turnage Jr. has been charged with one count of felony DUI and two counts of leaving scene with personal injury.

According to an incident report, officers responded to Chuck Dawley Blvd. near Shadow Drive around 1:25 a.m. for a reported hit and run involving two construction workers.

Officers say workers with Sander Brothers Construction were paving a section of Chuck Dawley Blvd. overnight when witnesses saw a white Chevy truck drive "extremely close" to the paver's side guard rail, striking two employees.

Police arrived to find one of the construction workers lying on the road with what was later determined to be head and facial trauma and broken ribs, while the second victim claimed the truck struck his left shoulder, spinning him around. Both victims were taken to a nearby hospital and are expected to survive, the report states.

Officers say a witnesses was able to get the truck's tag number as the vehicle drove away.

Turnage was later located at 1402 Ben Sawyer Blvd. and taken into custody.

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