A Charleston, SC police officer faces a driving under the influence (DUI) charge after crashing her patrol car early Sunday in Johns Island, SC according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
Charleston Police Officer Sarah Fortier, who was not on duty, was hospitalized after the wreck, but the extent of her injuries are not known. She was placed on unpaid administrative leave, Charleston Police Department spokesman Charles Francis said.
The 31-year-old police officer was driving her cruiser west on Main Road in Johns Island when it first drifted into the ditch near St. John’s High School, S.C. Highway Patrol Cpl. Bob Beres said. Fortier overcorrected, Beres said, and the police cruiser then crashed into the left-hand ditch around 12:37 a.m. The officer was not wearing a seat belt.
A Charleston police officer by the same name was involved in a crash in downtown Charleston in January 2009 after she was dispatched to a 911 hang-up. The officer’s cruiser was crossing Meeting Street and was struck by another vehicle, sending the police car into a Charleston home’s porch. An accident report said the officer in that case failed to yield the right of way and contributed to the collision. There was indication that alcohol was involved. The owner of the Charleston home sought repair money from City of Charleston's insurer.
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