Myrtle Beach Pelicans manager arrested for DUI, failure to stop for police

Myrtle Beach Pelicans manager arrested for DUI, failure to stop for police
Mark Johnson. Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center.
Mark Johnson. Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The manager of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans was arrested for DUI Thursday morning in North Myrtle Beach after an officer pulled him over for swerving all over the road, according to a police report.

Mark Johnson, 40, was booked into the J. Reuben Long Detention Center Thursday morning on charges of DUI, improper lane change, failure to stop for a blue light, and transporting alcohol with a broken seal in a vehicle, according to jail records.

At about 5:45 a.m. Thursday, a witness notified a NMB Police officer that a vehicle was swerving all over the road and nearly caused a collision, according to the report. The officer pulled alongside a silver Kia SUV, which swerved into his lane and nearly collided with his patrol car.

The officer pulled behind the SUV and activated the blue lights, but the SUV continued to drive for an "extended period of time" before pulling into an apartment complex in the 5100 block of Barefoot Resort Bridge Road and stopping, the report states.

Johnson exited the vehicle and approached the officer. Johnson was then handcuffed and placed in the officer's patrol car, according to the report. Another officer arrived, and they searched Johnson's vehicle, where they found a red Solo cup containing a yellow liquid which "had an odor of intoxicating liquors."

Johnson was arrested and taken to the North Myrtle Beach Jail, where he performed four field sobriety tests, during which he admitted to drinking eight drinks of beer and liquor, and drinking while the officer tried to stop him. Johnson then provided a sample of his breath, which registered a .22 percent blood-alcohol content, nearly three times the legal limit of .08 percent.

Johnson was charged and booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center at 7:03 a.m. He was released later that day.

Johnson was hired in December 2014 to lead the Myrtle Beach Pelicans' coaching staff in the 2015 season, the team's first year as a Chicago Cubs affiliate. In 2014, Johnson was named Manager of the Year in the Midwest League for his work with the Class-A Kane County Cougars, also a Cubs affiliate, last year.

Johnson is the sixth manager in the team's history, and 2015 was Johnson's fifth season with the Cubs.  Johnson joined the coaching ranks in 2010 after a 17-year professional playing career with four clubs: the Chicago White Sox, the Oakland Athletics, the Milwaukee Brewers and the St. Louis Cardinals. Originally from Wheat Ridge, Colorado, Johnson spends the off-season at his home in Perry, Georgia, according to a news release from the Pelicans.

On Wednesday night, Johnson led the Pelicans to become the champions of the Carolina League for the first time since 2000 after beating the Wilmington Blue Rocks by a 3-2 final score. The Pelicans swept the Blue Rocks three games to none in the best-of-five series.

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