Off-duty Charleston police officer wrecks patrol car, faces DUI charge
A Charleston police officer faces a drunken-driving charge after crashing her patrol car early Sunday on Johns Island, according to state troopers.
Officer Sarah Fortier, who was not on duty, was hospitalized after the wreck, but the extent of her injuries was not known. She was placed on unpaid leave, Charleston Police Department spokesman Charles Francis said.
The 31-year-old was driving her cruiser, a 2007 Ford Crown Victoria, west on Main Road when it first drifted into the ditch near St. Johnís High School, S.C. Highway Patrol Cpl. Bob Beres said. Fortier overcorrected, Beres said, and the car then crashed into the left-hand ditch around 12:37 a.m.
Fortier was not wearing a seat belt.
A Charleston police officer by the same name was involved in a crash downtown in January 2009 after she was dispatched to a 911 hang-up. The officerís cruiser was crossing Meeting Street and was struck by another vehicle, sending the police car into a homeís porch.
An accident report said the officer in that case failed to yield the right of way and contributed to the collision.
The owner of the damaged home then fought with the cityís insurer for repair money.