NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A young woman is facing charges after police say she drunkenly crashed her car into a business' sign and a telephone pole, and then tried to leave the scene of the crash.
When police arrived at the intersection of Highway 17 and 36th Avenue South around 1 a.m. Friday morning, they found a crumbled vehicle, a smoking business sign and a Santee Cooper telephone pole snapped in half.
Street lights were flickering in the area where the broken car sat facing southbound in the northbound lanes, states the incident report from North Myrtle Beach.
Police and fire crews showed up in force to protect any bystanders from the fallen wires and sign advertising Kings Pizza, which the report states was possibly on fire – but the driver was not immediately found.
An officer with the Atlantic Beach Police Department responded to the crash after hearing a loud bang and detained the 27-year-old female driver until additional officers arrived. The police officer later revealed that when he first arrived on the scene, he stopped the driver from entering a cab. He also overheard the woman asking for mints from the taxi cab driver to "cover her breath."
When officers asked the driver about the crash, she claimed she was driving home from the pub where she works and was texting a friend when she crashed into the telephone pole.
"Two drinks," was her reply when officers asked if she had been drinking. After being examined by emergency crews and performing two field sobriety tests she revised that statement to say she had "maybe four mixed drinks in approximately five hours."
The driver was transported to a hospital for treatment where police also requested a blood test to confirm her blood alcohol content.
She is expected to be charged with driving under the influence. Records at J. Reuben Long Detention Center indicate she has not yet been booked in the prison.
The incident report states the damage to the telephone pole is estimated at $6,000. The sign for Kings Pizza suffered approximately $10,000 damage.
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