Former North Charleston planning commission chair faces drunk driving, cocaine charges

Kevin Baltimore, 50, of North Charleston, arrested by North Charleston police after a traffic stop on 12/10/2009 and charged with driving under the influence and possession of cocaine and marijuana.

Former North Charleston Planning Commission Chairman Kevin Baltimore faces drunk driving and drug possession charges following a Thursday night traffic stop in the city, authorities said.

Officers reportedly found 2.9 grams of cocaine and 5.9 grams of marijuana in Baltimore’s Dodge Ram after he was stopped at Cross County Road and North American Street around 8:45 p.m., according to a police report.

Baltimore, 50, is charged with driving under the influence and possession of marijuana and cocaine, the report said.

Baltimore, a stockbroker by trade, served several years as chairman of the city’s Planning Commission before stepping down from the panel a few months ago.

Baltimore declined to comment when reached by phone on Saturday.

According to a police report, an officer stopped Baltimore after spotting his truck traveling 57 mph in a 40 mph zone. The officer smelled alcohol and asked Baltimore if he had been drinking. Baltimore allegedly told the officer he had consumed two large drinks with vodka and orange juice, a police report stated.

Police were unable to perform a field sobriety test on Baltimore because “he appeared to be incoherent and was unable to follow simple instructions,” a police report stated.

He refused a breath test at the jail, according to the report. Officers found the drugs in small plastic baggies in his truck’s center console, the report said.

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