A Charleston police officer arrested on a charge of driving under the influence early Monday first admitted to making a poor decision but then scolded the Mount Pleasant officer who brought him in, according to a police report.
Officer John Everett Woods, a 28-year-old Mount Pleasant resident, said in police custody that he should not have driven, the report states. Then he told the arresting officer on the way to the Charleston County jail that he "would never have put (him) in this situation," according to the report.
The report said Woods told the other officer: "I've been doing this five years, and I've been with other officers in this situation, and I didn't do this to them. I hope you feel good about doing this."
Charleston police supervisors placed Woods on administrative leave without pay until they finish their investigation into his arrest, said department spokesman Charles Francis.
Francis said Woods joined the force in April 2007.
A magistrate judge released Woods on a personal recognizance bond later Monday. Woods' phone number, as listed on a police report, had been disconnected Monday evening.
A Mount Pleasant police report said an officer spotted Woods in a red Jeep Wrangler driving about 48 mph in a 35 mph zone on Coleman Boulevard near Ben Sawyer Boulevard around 12:30 a.m. Monday. The vehicle drifted from side to side, according to the report, and then ran a stoplight at Chuck Dawley Boulevard.
The officer pulled Woods over at Sea Island Shopping Center and noticed a police badge as Woods retrieved his license, registration and proof of insurance, the report states.
Woods told the officer he "had a couple" beers at Wild Wing Cafe, according to the report.
Woods' passenger, another Charleston officer, told the Mount Pleasant officer that he had drunk six beers, and Woods said he had drunk "five or so," the report said. The Mount Pleasant officer asked Woods to perform field sobriety tests in the parking lot and then arrested him on a charge of driving under the influence.
A friend picked up the other Charleston officer, according to the report.
Once at the Mount Pleasant Police Department, Woods said his friend was moving upstate and that they began celebrating about 6 p.m. Sunday, the report said. Woods apologized and said he should not have driven, according to the report, but then he turned on the officer who arrested him as they rode to the jail.
Woods said he never arrested a fellow officer when faced with the same circumstances, according to the report. Jail staff found three pills on Woods and no prescription bottle, the report states.
Woods told his arresting officer, "I better not catch you in Charleston city," according to the report.
The other officer asked, "Or what?"
The report said Woods never answered.
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