VIDEO | Woman charged with DUI after Charleston bike taxi hit-and-run
CHARLESTON, S.C.(WCIV) —
The Charleston Police Department says 24-year-old Kacey Elise Jay has been charged with driving under the influence, after dash cam video captured a SUV colliding with a bike taxi on Meeting Street around 8:31 p.m. on Tuesday.
In the video below from a witness that reported the incident, a maroon 2007 Honda Pilot can be seen accelerating and decelerating behind a bike taxi.
The vehicle is then seen striking the back-right corner of the taxi, while merging between Society and George Streets, before driving off.
The witness recording the incident then follows the suspect's vehicle, and blocks it in with the help of another driver in a pickup truck, near at the intersection Meeting and Calhoun Streets.
A responding officer says he immediately smelled alcohol on the suspect's breath when he began questioning her.
The suspect explained she "just tired to merge into a lane that was straight or not straight," according to the report.
She said she was merging when a vehicle "beeped" at her, and also said "I honestly don't remember what happened," and "I wouldn't cut anyone off on purpose."
The officer says she appeared to be unsteady on her feet, and was slowly swaying back and forth, but said she had not consumed any alcohol when asked.
The officer says she failed three field sobriety tests, and was arrested. While transporting the suspect for more testing, the officer says she admitted to having two "normal people" glasses of wine.
While in the testing room, the suspect then said she had three glasses of red wine, according to the report.
Police say she registered a 0.24% blood-alcohol content during a breath test, and had her license suspended and confiscated.
During the intake process, authorities say they discovered a small plastic bag containing white powder in he wallet, and submitted it for further testing.
She was released on a $2,262 bond, and is scheduled to appear in court on November 26.