A 23-year-old man told deputies in West Ashley that he drank four bloody Marys and "chased" them with five beers Sunday night before doing $55,000 in damage when he wrecked his car.
Hugh Patrick Wilson of Bee Street in Charleston was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of the crash about 11:40 p.m. on Folly Road.
According to an incident report with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, Wilson's 2007 Hyundai Elantra was southbound on Folly Road when it veered from a curve under the U.S. Highway 17 overpass and struck a utility pole, a parked car and a business sign valued at $10,000. The pole fell into the southbound lanes and snapped in two.
A nearby deputy heard the crash and "several loud explosions," the report said. The deputy yelled at the driver, who ran from the scene but was later captured in the woods off St. Andrews Boulevard, about three blocks away.
Wilson, who has a prior conviction for DUI in Virginia, was taken to Medical University Hospital with minor injuries.
Sheriff's Capt. Eric Watson said downed lines closed five lanes of traffic but the roadway was reopened after 7 a.m. Monday. Power was restored about 6:30 a.m. to the 200 customers who lost it, according to Kim Asbill, spokeswoman for South Carolina Electric & Gas.
Inside the Hyundai, deputies found a plastic cup with alcohol, they wrote in the report.
Wilson told them that he "had drank four 'bloody Marys' and 'chased' them with five beers," the incident report said. "Mr. Wilson added that he had only a cheeseburger to eat for dinner."