BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A Highway Patrol trooper and a prisoner he was transporting are okay after authorities say a Summerville man crashed his car into a patrol car.
The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office has charged 25-year-old Isaac Manzano-Ruiz with reckless driving, failure to yield right of way and open container.
Ruiz's arrest stems from an incident that happened shortly after midnight on Wednesday when a SCHP trooper was transporting a prisoner on Henry Brown Jr. Boulevard.
According to the incident report, as the trooper's patrol car was passing the Nowhere Bar and Grill, a Honda Accord that Ruiz was driving turned into the "side of the SCHP cruiser, disabling it."
"Thankfully the SCHP trooper and his prisoner were not seriously injured," deputies said.
The investigating BCSO deputy reported an odor of burnt marijuana coming from Ruiz.
"Ruiz stated that he had one shot of liquor prior to the crash," BCSO officials said."At the time of the crash, there was an open bottle of Blue Moon in his vehicle."
The sheriff's office said Ruiz was arrested and transported to the Hill Finklea Detention Center to undergo testing.
"He submitted a .06 Blood Alcohol Content sample," the sheriff's office said."A urine sample was then collected for laboratory analysis due to determine if there were other intoxicants in his system."
He was released on a PR bond after a bond hearing Wednesday morning.
"There are bad days and then there are days that one should have stayed in bed," BCSO officials said."Yesterday was one of those days for Isaac Manzano-Ruiz and yet he seems quite happy."