NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Failing to use a turn signal got the attention of police and landed a suspected drug dealer behind bars.
According to an incident report, an officer saw the suspect make a turn from Stith to Martha Street without using a turn signal and stopped him. The officer said the car smelled strongly of marijuana.
The driver, 25-year-old Kurt Davan Porcher, did not want to get out of the car, according to police, and reached for a red shirt in the passenger seat.
Fearing it was a weapon, the responding officer said he grabbed Porcher's arm and helped him get out of the car but Porcher continued to struggle with him.
The report says a struggle ensued and Porcher was forced to the ground and handcuffed. Officers say he was still "thrashing around and attempting to reach in his pants."
Police found a silver .38 caliber automatic gun on the passenger seat where the red shirt had been. The report says the "hammer was back with the gun fully loaded and a round in the chamber."
Police also found a purple bag in Porcher's pants that held 25 grams of marijuana and a scale. Porcher also had $566 in cash which police say they gave to his mother, along with his car, when she arrived on scene.
Porcher is charged with failure to signal a turn, unlawful window tint, unlawful carry of a firearm, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, resisting arrest, and possession with intent to distribute near a school.