Man charged with Mount Pleasant hit-and-run

A North Charleston man was arrested this week and charged with a May 2012 hit-and-run in Mount Pleasant.

Robert Alexander McLaurin, 34, of Parchment Avenue, North Charleston, was charged Thursday with failure to stop for blue lights, leaving the scene of an accident with great bodily injury, leaving the scene of an accident of an unattended vehicle and third offense driving under suspension, according to the Mount Pleasant Police Department.

The incident happened on May 27, 2012, near Buddy Roe’s Shrimp Shack, 1528 Ben Sawyer Blvd.

A 42-year-old man told police he was riding his bike home from Buddy Roe’s when his wallet fell out of his pocket, so he put his bike in the median to chase $100 bills in the roadway while a friend followed him in a car.

The man’s friend reported that another vehicle passed his and hit the man while he was picking up the money. The other driver then backed up and went around the man in the road and kept driving, the friend said.

That led to a police chase that ended when the other driver crashed his vehicle into a parked car on South Shadow Drive and ran.

Police identified McLaurin as the suspect in September, when the alleged victim’s lawyer, Anthony Forsberg, alerted them to a receipt that was found in the suspect’s car with McLaurin’s name on it.

He was arrested Wednesday at Dunleavy’s Pub on Sullivan’s Island, where he works.

A bond court judge issued McLaurin a roughly $2,200 bond for two of the charges during a hearing Friday. The leaving the scene of an unattended vehicle and DUS charges will be heard in Mount Pleasant Municipal Court.

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