HANAHAN, SC (WCSC) - Members of the National Action Network called for police accountability after the release of a dash cam video of the Nov. 1 arrest of a Charleston assistant fire chief who was charged for failing to stop for blue lights.
The video, which was released Monday, shows a Hanahan Police officer attempting to pull over Asst. Charleston Fire Chief Christopher Michael 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 does pull over, the officer immediately places him under arrest.
However, the arresting officer did not perform a field sobriety test, despite an incident report stating the officer smelled alcohol.
NAN leaders say any other citizen would have received a sobriety test and been thrown in jail. They say the incident shows a lack of police training and preferential treatment for public safety officials.
In response, NAN leaders called Tuesday for better police training and better accountability.
Hanahan Police say the officer didn't do a field sobriety test because he felt Vanhoy was a flight risk because he opened his door while the car was still moving.