A Mount Pleasant man was jailed early Friday on charges that he struck two construction workers while driving under the influence.
Ralph Stephen Turnage Jr., 33, of Palmetto Marsh Circle, is charged with felony DUI and two counts of leaving the scene of a wreck with personal injury, Charleston County jail records show.
According to an incident report, Mount Pleasant police responded to Chuck Dawley Boulevard around 1:30 a.m. Crews with Sander Brothers Construction had been in the area paving a section of the road when the wreck occurred, police said.
Witnesses reported seeing a white Chevrolet pickup barrel through the construction site, driving extremely close to a guard rail and striking two of the workers.
One of the workers was lying on the ground in a pool of blood when officers arrived, the report said. He appeared to fall in and out of consciousness and struggled to answer questions asked by paramedics, police said.
Paramedics transported the man to Medical University Hospital for treatment of head and facial trauma and broken ribs, police said. Doctors determined he would likely survive the injuries, according to the report.
The other injured man complained of pain to his shoulder and was transported to East Cooper Medical Center for an evaluation.
Officers patrolled surrounding neighborhoods for the suspect vehicle and Turnage was later taken into custody.
The DUI charge was Turnage's first in South Carolina, State Law Enforcement Division records show.
He was being held at the Cannon Detention Center Friday morning awaiting a bond hearing.
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