Overnight crash damages cars in used car lot; woman charged with DUI

SOURCE: Reporter Mandy Noell
SOURCE: Reporter Mandy Noell

SOCASTEE, SC (WMBF) - A woman will be charged with DUI after she allegedly crashed a car in Socastee that damaged four other cars at Socastee Auto Sales.

The owners of Socastee Auto Sales didn't know about the crash today until WMBF News called them and told them.

"I can't even believe it," co-owner Dennis Drummond said. "I just can't believe it. That somebody did that. And they lived. They survived and they walked away. They don't realize how lucky they were. They're got lucky that they're... they're alive, and that nobody got hurt, nobody got physically hurt. We just hope that they're insured."

South Carolina Highway Patrol said 31-year-old Myrtle Beach resident Alisha Brown got in a 2002 Lincoln with the car's owner, but she took the wheel.

She drove the car down Socastee Boulevard and close to Socastee Auto Sales. The tread marks from her tires swerved all the way across the road, and then hit an HTC pedestal that services up to 900 customers with phone and internet lines, completely pulling it out of the ground. The car then sailed past the pedestal and continued to the lot, tearing through parked cars being it landed and caught fire.

"To leap that ditch, they probably were doing well over 100 miles per hour," Drummond said. "There's no way they could have done that, on that size car, and clear that ditch, and hit four cars."

Horry County Fire Rescue put out the flames. The owner of a business just down the road said he saw the car blazing and Highway Patrol Troopers started canvassing the area, searching through and underneath cars looking for suspects.

Eventually they found Brown and the owner of the car walking down the road.

After troopers located her, they brought her back, gave her a sobriety test, put her in cuffs, put her in the ambulance, and then drove away to the hospital.

At last check Brown was listed in "good" condition at Grand Strand Medical Center. Highway Patrol said she faces charges for DUI and leaving the scene of an accident.

The owners of Socastee Auto Sales said there is damage to five cars on their lot, and totals more than $20,000 in damage. Three of the cars Brown allegedly struck are totaled.

Horry County Fire Rescue, South Carolina Highway Patrol, and a tow truck responded to the scene.

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