Charges dismissed for Charleston assistant fire chief

Charges dismissed for Charleston assistant fire chief

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Authorities say charges have been dismissed for a Charleston assistant fire chief in connection to an incident that happened last year.

Officials with the Hanahan Police Department say a charge of failing to stop for blue lights was dismissed in December during a preliminary hearing for Christopher Michael Vanhoy.

Prosecutors say charges were dismissed by a judge for lack of probable cause.

Dash cam video of the Nov. 1 incident showed a Hanahan police officer attempting to pull over Vanhoy for driving in the middle of the road.

Vanhoy continues to drive for a full minute, despite the officer using lights, sirens and the PA system to urge the driver to stop.

When Vanhoy pulls over, the officer immediately places him under arrest, and does not perform a field sobriety test, despite an incident report stating there was an odor of alcohol.

Hanahan Police Chief Dennis Turner has said his officer did not preform a field sobriety test because he determined Vanhoy to be a flight risk because he opened the driver's side door while the vehicle was still in motion.

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