Deputy hurt, man charged in wreck

John P. Lewis

SUMMERVILLE -- Troopers charged a man with DUI after they say he caused a wreck that injured a Dorchester County sheriff's deputy early Monday.

John P. Lewis, 30, of Evesham Drive in Summerville is charged with driving under the influence and open container, S.C. Highway Patrol Cpl. Bob Beres said.

Lewis was driving a 2007 Nissan westbound on Ladson Road at 5:18 a.m. when he attempted an illegal U-turn in front of the Gilligan's Steamer and Raw Bar near Limehouse Drive, Beres said.

The Nissan turned in front of a 2010 Ford Crown Victoria cruiser driven by Deputy Chris Limehouse. The cruiser struck the Nissan in the right side, Beres said.

Both Limehouse and a passenger in the Nissan were taken to a local hospital. Everyone was wearing a seat belt, Beres said.

Limehouse has been released from the hospital but is expected to miss a few days of work, sheriff's Maj. John Garrison said.