Police issue DUI charge to Myrtle Beach area man who drove car into ocean

bdickerson@thesunnews.comJanuary 18, 2013 

A Garden City man wound up behind bars early Friday morning after his car wound up in the ocean.

Charles Evitt, 37, was charged with driving under the influence, driving under suspension and operating an uninsured vehicle, according to information from the J. Reuben Long Detention Center. He remains incarcerated under no bond.

Lance Cpl. Sonny Collins, with the S.C. Highway Patrol, said the incident occurred at 1:10 a.m. Friday at the intersection of North Waccamaw and Woodland drives in Garden City.

Evitt was reportedly traveling on Woodland Drive when he ran the stop sign at the intersection, which parallels the coast, Collins said. His vehicle struck a fence and then went into the ocean.

“It’s not every day a car ends up in the pond,” Collins said.

Evitt was not taken to the hospital and no injuries were reported. A wrecker was on scene to remove the car from the water. It didn’t wind up in too deep of water.

“I’m sure that sand probably knocked all the speed off of it,” Collins said.

Contact reporter BRAD DICKERSON at 626-0301.

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