CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A North Charleston man accused in a Ladson hit-and-run is now charged with felony DUI after the victim died four days later as a result of his injuries.
According to an incident report, 31-year-old Brian Todd Jarrell was driving drunk on the early morning of March 5 when he crashed his Chevrolet SUV into another vehicle along Highway 78, and then fled the scene.
The victim of the hit-and-run, Francis Frederick Scrio, was transported to a hospital, where officials say he died Monday, March 9.
Jarrell was initially charged with DUI with great bodily injury and leaving the scene with great bodily injury, and released on bond.
Troopers say Jarrell turned himself in Tuesday after his charges were upgraded to felony DUI. His bond was set at $100,000, and he was released one day later after posting bail.
According to reports, Highway Patrol was performing a driver's license checkpoint on Highway 78 at E. Owens Drive around 2 a.m. when Jarrell's vehicle came to a skidding stop, nearly hitting a small car.
Troopers say the left rear tire of the dark in color SUV was blown out, the airbag was deployed, and there was red paint on the damaged bumper. When Jarrell exited the vehicle, he was allegedly unsteady and confused, and smelled of alcohol.
The report states Troopers were advised that Charleston County deputies were searching for a Chevrolet vehicle in connection with a hit-and-run that occurred roughly four miles from the checkpoint.
Officials say Jarrell refused a breathalyzer test at the jail. He was transported to MUSC for a blood test, and then returned to the Charleston County Detention Center.