NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A North Charleston firefighter was accused Wednesday morning of throwing hot coffee into a car during a confrontation on Ashley Phosphate Road.
John Nelson says he, his wife and two co-workers were traveling in the left lane of the road when another driver tried to get into his lane.
"I had a signal light on, but I honked the horn because I wasn't sure if he saw me or not sitting there," Nelson said. "After I honked the horn he just came over regardless, so I went into the median so there wouldn't be an accident and he was beside me. I was like, what the hell is going on, what's your problem?
According to Nelson, that's when the other driver, an off duty North Charleston firefighter threw coffee at his car.
"My wife's window was down, so coffee came inside the car, got in her face and the shoulder, got my co-worker," Nelson said.
Nelson told police he got out of his car and walked up to the other driver's car and saw the firefighter had a gun.
According to a police report, the firefighter says he went for his gun when he saw Nelson with a case in the trunk of his car.
He told officers he got the gun because he didn't know what was in the case.
Police came to the scene and questioned both drivers.
So far, no charges have been filed and the incident is under investigation.
Nelson's wife told us she suffered second degree burns from to her face from the hot coffee, however according to the police report, all of the victims refused treatment from EMS.
North Charleston's Fire Chief Greg Bulanow released a statement about the incident.
It reads, "We are aware that one of our personnel was allegedly involved in an altercation while off duty. We are attempting to gather information on what took place and will take appropriate action if warranted."