Man drives into James Island business before DUI arrest

JAMES ISLAND, S.C. (WCSC) – A 22-year-old Indiana man is facing charges after Charleston police said he drove into a business while intoxicated early Sunday morning.

William Martin Rose, 22, was charged with first-degree DUI.

Police were called to the Folly Road and Harbor View Road area at 1.44am following the crash.

Officers who were first on the scene saw a silver Lincoln on fire as it collided with a health center, according to an accident report.

Photos from the workday after the crash
Photos from the workday after the crash(Live 5)

Police were directed to a man sitting in a nearby car park with blood on his face and lacerations on his hands. A bystander to the crash told police he was the driver and the only passenger in the vehicle, the accident report said.

Investigators asked Ross about the circumstances of the crash, and he said the car was his but he didn’t know who drove it. Ross also told them he had previously been arrested for DUI, police said.

While receiving treatment, police spoke more with Rose, who had an “overwhelming” smell of alcohol on his breath, the report said.

Ross admitted to being in downtown Charleston all night and couldn’t remember everything because he was “really drunk,” police said.

Based on observations, police arrested Ross and took a urine sample as evidence.

A judge set Rose’s bail at $992 and he has since been released from Al Cannon Detention Center, jail records show.

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