Report: Man arrested after running into former Laing Middle School

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- A Mount Pleasant man was arrested New Year's Day after police say he ran his car into the former Laing Middle School building, injuring the man in the car with him.

According to a police report, 57-year-old Joseph Robert Cirafisi, Jr., of Gulf Drive, was charged with driving under suspension, driving under the influence, and leaving the scene of an accident with injuries.

Around 5 p.m. Wednesday, officers were sent to the former Laing Middle School where they found a woman being treated and a man who was a passenger in Cirafisi's car at the time of the accident. Bystanders told officers that Cirafisi jumped out of his car after hitting the school building and ran.

The man in Cirafisi's car said the two men had been drinking at Richard's Bar when Cirafisi offered the other man a ride home. Not wanted to drunkenly ride his bicycle home, the man agreed, the report states.

According to the report, Cirafisi made a U-turn at Boone Hall and started heading south on Highway 17, recklessly accelerating and swerving until colliding with another car and then the school on Six Mile Road.

After coming to a stop, Cirafisi reportedly got out of the car, looked at his passenger and said, "You running right?" The passenger did not run with Cirafisi, though, the report states.

The woman in the other car was treated for her injuries by firefighters who responded to the accident.

The officer who caught up with Cirafisi at his home reported that the suspect admitted to having five drinks, the report states. He also told the officer that he had walked to and from the bar and did not know where his vehicle was.

After a field sobriety test outside his Gulf Drive home, Cirafisi was arrested and taken to the Charleston County Detention Center.

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