Police: Man inhaling hydrocarbons before crashing into Mt. Pleasant building
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- A 23-year-old North Charleston man was charged with inhaling hydrocarbons and reckless driving after police say he crashed into a dry cleaner's in Mount Pleasant.
According to police, Caleb Sawchuk of Dorchester Road was driving south on Highway 17 when he crossed over the northbound lanes, hit a car, and crashed into the Village Cleaners building.
Before the frantic calls about a truck inside the Village Cleaners, one 911 caller describes the moments before the crash.
"It was super strange because I saw it in my rearview mirror. He like swerved across in the southbound lane. He like swerved three lanes across, almost at like a sound barrier right there. He went up on the sidewalk," said the first caller.
That caller describes the truck as a white Ford F-150 driving at least 35 miles per hour. Another caller identified herself as the owner of the store.
"It's Village Cleaners. A car just ran into the front of my store. I have some people that are hurt. The driver is hurt please. Fire, ambulance, police," she said.
A total of eight people were inside the business at the time of the crash. The caller reports two injuries -- the driver and one of her employees, who was cut by shattered glass.
"I have a driver whose vomiting, he's hurt, he ran through the front of the store, you need to send a medic, and I have and employee," said the caller.
He has been charged with reckless driving, malicious injury to town property, inhaling aromatic hydrocarbons, and possession of a controlled substance, according to police.
Court records show Sawchuk was charged with possession of cocaine.
He is being held in the Charleston County Detention Center.