Mount Pleasant police arrested a Charleston officer early this morning on a charge of driving under the influence.
Charleston police officials said the arrested officer, 28-year-old John Woods, remains on administrative leave without pay, pending the outcome of the charge. Police officials said Woods began working for the department in April 2007.
A magistrate judge released Woods on a personal recognizance bond earlier today.
A Mount Pleasant police report says an officer spotted Woods in a red Jeep Wrangler driving about 48 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone on Coleman Boulevard near Ben Sawyer Boulevard at around 12:30 a.m. The vehicle drifted from side to side, according to the report, and then ran a stoplight at Chuck Dawley Boulevard.
The Mount Pleasant officer pulled Woods over in the Sea Island Shopping Center and noticed a police badge as Woods retrieved his license and registration, the report says. Woods told the officer that he “had a couple” of beers at Wild Wing, 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, the report says. 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 that his fellow officer was moving upstate and that they began celebrating at about 6 p.m. Sunday, the report says. Woods apologized and said he should not have driven, according to the report, but then he turned on the officer who arrested him.
“I would never have put you in this situation,” Woods told the other officer on the way to the Charleston County Jail, according to the arrest report. “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.”
Jail staff found three pills on Woods and no prescription bottle, the report says. 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 says Woods never answered.