Erratic driver faces multiple charges
by The Press and Standard | July 5, 2018 5:00 pm
Last Updated: July 3, 2018 at 12:17 pm
A motorist traveling southbound on I-95 served as the eyes for law enforcement, continually updating the dispatch center about an erratic driver on the evening on June 28.
The first call came in at approximately 10:05 p.m., reporting that the driver of a pickup truck was driving recklessly and ran other vehicles off the roadway. The caller provided the vehicle’s license plate number; a computer check determined that the plate had been reported stolen.
The first deputy caught up with the gray Dodge truck and confirmed that the plate on the truck was the one reported stolen.
A law enforcement officer from another county joined the local deputy and they attempted a traffic stop near the 38-mile marker. The officers activated their lights and sirens, and the motorist exited the Interstate at the 38-mile marker interchange, reportedly tossing something out of the vehicle on the exit.
The driver stopped his vehicle on the exit ramp and surrendered.
According to the incident report, the driver was allegedly sweating profusely and appeared to be agitated.
The man said he wanted to talk about what was going on, while dispatch reported the truck he was driving had been stolen in Summerville. The computer check also determined that his license was under suspension and he was a habitual traffic offender.
A search of the vehicle reportedly found numerous uncapped needles in the center console and two spoons with a white burnt residue on them.
When he was asked what he had thrown out of the vehicle, the driver reportedly said he had had a bag of heroin in the truck. He allegedly said when he had spotted law enforcement behind him, he swallowed the heroin and tossed the empty bag out.
Placed in the cruiser, the man allegedly started screaming and attempting to kick out the windows before slamming his head against the cruiser window.
Based on his actions and his claim to have swallowed heroin, Hampton County Fire–Rescue was sent to the scene to examine the man.
He had an elevated pulse, the paramedics said, but he appeared to be OK.
He was then transported to Colleton Medical Center as a precaution.
At the medical center’s emergency department, the man reportedly said he had also swallowed a bag of powdered cocaine.
After being checked at the medical center, the driver, Robert Wayne Morris Jr., 31, of Yemassee, was arrested on charge of possession of a stolen vehicle, receiving stolen goods, driving while under suspension and habitual traffic offender.