CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – On December 18th, patrolling officers in the area of West Surrey Dr, members of the Special Assignment Team viewed a suspicious vehicle. The suspicious vehicled occupied by three people had backed into a grassy area along Accabee Street.
Upon approaching the vehicle, officers could smell an odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle and saw a baggie of marijuana in plain view. Officers also viewed the driver reaching underneath the driver’s seat in an attempt to conceal or obtain an unknown item. Officers requested the driver to exit the vehicle and upon doing so a silver in color .380 semi-automatic firearm was viewed on the driver’s floor board.
The driver attempted to flee and after a struggle, the suspect was taken into custody. Also seized from within the vehicle was a baggie of marijuana and a small baggie of cocaine.
The front seat passenger claimed ownership of the cocaine.
Joseph B. Weathers, of West Surrey Dr, was charged with Unlawful Carry of a Firearm, Assault on Police While Resisting Arrest, Open Container of Beer and Simple