MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The son of a Myrtle Beach councilman is facing charges for leaving the scene of an accident while under the influence of alcohol, police say.
Just after midnight on Sunday, a Myrtle Beach Police officer spotted a green Ford Ranger driving north on Wild Iris Drive that matched the description of the car that had just fled the scene of a crash at 21st Avenue North and Highway 17 Bypass.
The officer found two people in that car after pulling it over, and noticed the strong odor of alcohol coming from the passenger's side.
The driver, identified as 32-year-old Michael Samuel Lowder, "had what appeared to be slurred speech and his movements were lethargic," the incident report states.
After completing several field sobriety tests, Lowder was read his rights and placed in handcuffs. According to the report, his blood alcohol content was 0.14%.
The report further states the Lowder claims his passenger, a female, was driving the car when they collided with another vehicle in the intersection on Highway 17.
Lowder was booked into the Myrtle Beach Jail and charged with driving under the influence and hit and run.
City of Myrtle Beach spokesman Mark Kruea confirmed to Anchor Theo Hayes that Michael Lowder is the son of Councilman Mike Lowder, who says he had no comment about the matter he just learned about.
Michael is also a fireman with the City of Myrtle Beach. Fire Chief Alvin Payne says, "We don't talk about personnel issues. It's a personnel matter. He will have his day in court."
Lowder joined the fire department in January of 2010.