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Elgin Crime Report - April 30, 2019
Man charged with DUI after accident in front of town hall

An Elgin Police Department (EPD) officer arrested a 66-year-old Lugoff man for DUI after the man caused an accident in front of Elgin Town Hall blocking Rose Street.

According to an EPD report, the man drove his 1981 Ford truck across the center line on Main Street, crossed the opposite lane of traffic and struck a Ford Expedition. He then struck the corner of a vacant building, started backing up and struck the Expedition again.

The officer said the man smelled of alcohol and claimed not to remember any of the crash, but that he’d had this happen before, likely because of medication he takes. However, he also admitted to drinking two 12-ounce beers, although the officer suspected the man had more to drink that he’d claimed.

The officer had the man go through a series of sobriety tests, which he failed. EMS took the man to the hospital to be checked out, as well as to obtain blood samples, after which the officer arrested him and took him to jail.

The EPD also reported the following recent incidents:

An officer arrested and charged Brittany Shae Smith, 30, of Stallion Drive, Elgin, for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine around 6:30 p.m. April 21. An officer spotted a Mercury Montego traveling south on Main Street and reportedly they could clearly see that neither the driver nor passenger were wearing seatbelts. The officer conducted a traffic stop in the parking lot of the Dollar General. As they approached, the Smith exited from the front passenger seat claiming she urgently needed to go to the restroom, but was told they would have to sit back down in the car. The driver -- the woman’s 20-year-old brother -- admitted he did not have a driver’s license. Smith initially claimed she had no identification, but when the officer pointed out a wallet, she was allegedly “surprised” to find her ID inside. There was also a small plastic baggie in the wallet, so the officer asked for the wallet and baggie, which Smith turned over. She claimed the white residue inside was from a hydrocodone prescription she crushed in order to take it as medication. The officer reported Smith was unable to prove she had a prescription. Going further through the wallet, the officer found another baggie containing a white crystal substance that turned out to be methamphetamine, as well as other, empty baggies. During a search of the car, the officer found several syringes, a glass smoking pipe, two open containers of light beer, a digital scale with white residue on it and “numerous” plastic baggies. The officer found most of these items in a backpack Smith admitted was hers. The officer reported that at one point they asked Smith why she was selling meth, and that she answered it was so she could get money for her family. The officer cited Smith’s brother for a seatbelt violation, driving under suspension and open container, but released him from the scene. They then transported Smith to the county jail and charged her with possession with intent to distribute meth, possession of drug paraphernalia and a seatbelt violation.

A woman reportedly wearing a white wedding dress and tiara allegedly came into the BP on Main Street around 9:15 p.m. April 22 and caused a disturbance and assaulted a man. The clerk said the woman left in a grey BMW south on Main Street. They said the woman came inside, purchased some items, pre-paid for her gas and then went back outside. She then came back in due to some confusion as to how she had paid for the gas and asked if she could correct the situation. However, she suddenly began using profanity, walked out and back in again, kicking over a cardboard display and pushing and striking a man as she was on her way out. The clerk described the woman as a dark-skinned African American woman with a skinny build. The “crown” or tiara was blue and she was reportedly wearing blue slippers. She said the BMW had Florida plates.

Around noon April 24, the EPD assisted the S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) by deploying K9 Nala to the department’s maintenance shop in Camden due to drugs allegedly being found in a trailer that had been pulled by the SCDOT inmate work van out on White Pond Road. Nala “hit” on the trailer’s right tail light, which is where SCDOT employees said they found a bag of narcotics. Nala went on to hit six more times, locating five packages containing what S.C. Department of Corrections officers said was either marijuana or what appeared to be K2/Spice, as well as a cellphone apparently used by inmates. The EPD was then asked to have Nala check approximately 30 vehicles in SCDOT’s lot in Camden, which resulted in hits on two more vehicles. The Camden Police Department searched the vehicles but did not find anything.

A 6-year-old boy tried to run away from a daycare program operating at Blaney Elementary School on Smyrna Road on April 10. Staff members said this was the second day in a row that the boy had tried to run from the school toward the road. On April 10, several staff members had to chase the boy, and a male staff member had to hold the child in his lap with his arms around him to keep from running again. The boy’s grandmother arrived and the child was placed in the back seat. A seatbelt had to be placed on him several times because he kept taking it off in an effort to get out of the car.

An investigator with the San Antonio (Texas) Police Department contacted the EPD in reference to a criminal sexual conduct case involving subjects who were both minors at the time. The male suspect, who is now 18, was between the ages of 13 and 15, while the female victim was between the ages of 10 to 12 at the time of the alleged incidents that reportedly took place in Kershaw County.

The BP on Main Street terminated the employment of a 26-year-old Elgin woman after discovering -- including via security video -- she had taken an undetermined number of lottery tickets during an approximately one month time period, scanning them and cashing out the winning tickets.

Sometime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. April 10, someone came on to a Watson Street property and stole several items from the yard and a shed, including a push lawn mower, weed trimmer, a single-blade axe and double-blade axe, and a tackle box with miscellaneous tackle inside.

Someone stole a purse containing a ladies silver watch and a .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol from a car belonging to a Lugoff woman that had been parked at both Sunsets Spirit and on Main Street and the BP gas station on Whitehead Road at U.S. 1 on the evening of April 5.

A 20-year-old Bishopville man may be charged with vandalism after posting a video on Instagram of himself using a friend’s vehicle to do “donuts” on the grounds of Leslie M. Stover Middle School on Smyrna Road, causing about $500 worth of damage.

Around 10 p.m. April 6, an officer found that came upon two old mattresses and a recliner that had been illegally dumped in a wood line off Kelly Lane. The officer had been in the area around 4:30 a.m. that day and had not seen them at that time.

Elgin officers also assisted other agencies, and dealt with recent incidents involving assault by intimidation, driving under suspension, expired tag, larceny, marijuana possession, motor vehicle accident, no driver’s license, open container, operating and uninsured vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia, public disorderly conduct, sale of beer to a minor, shoplifting, speeding, theft from a motor vehicle, and trespassing.

(EPD reports are provided under the S.C. Freedom of Information Act. Subjects are considered innocent until proven guilty.)