Report: Drunk driver wrecked car, left passenger with serious injuries

Published: Mar. 26, 2015 at 2:15 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 26, 2015 at 2:36 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 29-year-old Charleston man is facing DUI charges after allegedly wrecking his vehicle on Savannah Highway and running from the scene, leaving his passenger trapped in the car with serious injuries.

Charleston police say Timothy Altendorfer was arrested after being found walking down Arlington Drive early Wednesday morning. He has been charged with driving under the influence 2nd offense, driving under suspension, and leaving the scene with injuries.

According to an incident report, Altendorfer was driving a white Kia Forte southbound on Highway 17 around 1:45 a.m. when he failed to yield while turning left onto Arlington Drive. While making the turn, the passenger side of the Kia was struck by a truck.

Officers say Altendorfer exited the vehicle and ran towards Arlington Drive, leaving his passenger trapped inside the car with serious bodily injuries. Crews were able to remove the passenger from the Kia, and transport him to MUSC.

Police reportedly located Altendorfer walking down Arlington Drive. Officers say Altendorfer admitted he had been drinking at his home, Muellers, and Max & Henry's, but claimed he was going to meet a friend for a ride home.

The report states a field sobriety test was conducted, which Altendorfer failed. He was then arrested and transported to St. Francis Hospital due to injuries he sustained in the wreck.

He was then transferred to Charleston County Detention Center.

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