Report: Habitual traffic offender charged in weekend DUI wreck

Published: Oct. 20, 2014 at 2:33 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 20, 2014 at 3:15 PM EDT
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MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Mt. Pleasant police say a man recently charged as a habitual traffic offender was arrested for DUI over the weekend after crashing his car into a power transformer box along Chuck Dawley Blvd.

Officers say 24-year-old Christopher Aaron Brown, of Mt. Pleasant, was arrested Saturday morning and charged with driving under the influence, simple possession of marijuana, and driving under suspension 5th offense.

According to an incident report, Brown was traveling east on Chuck Dawley Blvd. Saturday around 9:20 a.m. when he drove straight through a curve, struck a curb and collided with a tree. The vehicle then rolled on its side, striking a nearby power transformer box.

Brown was transported to MUSC for treatment. The report states EMS and medical staff at MUSC said Brown "smelled strongly of an alcoholic beverage." At his time of arrest, Brown refused to provide a blood sample.

While searching Brown's Honda sedan, officers say they found 3.72 grams of marijuana in a plastic bag near the driver's door, and a loaded pistol that was confirmed through dispatch to be stolen on September 8.

Police say warrants are pending for possession of a stolen gun and habitual traffic offender.

The report states Brown's license has been suspended for multiple violations, and he was previously convicted of habitual traffic offender on August 13.

Brown's vehicle was towed from the scene, and SCE&G was advised of the damage to the power transformer.

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