N. Charleston police officer facing charges after traffic stop

N. Charleston police officer facing charges after traffic stop

NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - A North Charleston police officer was arrested Wednesday after he was spotted driving in excess of 100 mph on Ashley Phosphate Road, according to an incident report.

Charleston deputies say Maurice Huggins, 39, is facing charges of reckless driving and open container, the incident report states.

The deputy reported being able to see "in plain view" a black Glock handgun in a black leather holster in the driver's seat after Huggins had seen secured in the deputy's car. The deputy also found a black leather wallet with a North Charleston Police ID and badge, as well as a silver flask in the center console with a clear odor of alcohol inside, the report states.

After Huggins was transported to the Al Cannon Detention Center, authorities found he was in possession of a fake $100 bill, which was also taken into evidence, deputies say.

No charge has been filed regarding the fake bill, Charleston County Sheriff's Maj. Eric Watson says, but the investigation is ongoing.

Huggins has been placed on administrative duty while the incident is being investigated by the Office of Professional Standards, according to North Charleston police spokesman Spencer Pryor.

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