Police: Drunk Driver Crashes Into Charleston 9 Memorial

Charleston, SC (WLTX) -- The Charleston Police Department arrested a man driving drunk and crashing his pick-up truck into a light pole and a Charleston 9 Memorial. 

Investigators said just before 11:00 p.m. Thursday, they were called to 1807 Savannah Highway. When they arrived on scene, they found a beige Ford F150 crashed into a fence and into the memorial. Police said the crash caused a total of $26,000 in damages, $6,000 of that being to the Charleston 9 Memorial. 

The driver, Daniel James Doherty, 39, agreed to take a field sobriety test at the scene.  Officers said he unsuccessfully completed the test and was placed under arrest.  Doherty refused to give a breath alcohol analysis at the police department forcing officers to suspend and confiscate his driver's license. 

After further investigation, officers discovered that Doherty's license was already suspended due to financial responsibility.  He was charged with Driving Under Suspended License, Failure to Surrender a Suspended Driver's License, Vandalism, and Driving Under the Influence. 

Doherty was released on $1,871 Bond. He is expected to be back in court October 27, 2016. 




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