Police: Rock Hill man drank 12 beers, crashed into building

adouglas@heraldonline.comMay 24, 2013 

A Rock Hill man accused of driving with nearly three times the legal limit of alcohol in his system was arrested on Wednesday afternoon after hitting a 66-year-old woman’s car and running into a building causing $10,000 worth of damage, according to a police report.

Officers say Teddy Dean Geery, 51, tried to run away when police attempted to arrest him on East White Street in Rock Hill around 3 p.m., the report states.

Police charged Geery with driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident, according to the report.

Geery is accused of striking a woman’s vehicle near East Main Street and Firetower Road before ramming into a business on East White Street with his black work van, the report states.

A York County Animal Control officer witnessed Geery’s van crash into the Resident Services building, destroying the front right tire of the vehicle, according to the report.

The officer told Rock Hill police that ladders were thrown from the top of the van when it ran into the business.

When police arrested Geery he refused to take a field sobriety test, the report states.

At the Rock Hill city jail, he took a breathalyzer test that showed a blood alcohol concentration of .21 percent, according to the report.

The legal limit to drive in South Carolina is .08 percent.

Geery told police that he had chicken wings and 12 beers for lunch on Wednesday, the report states.

Police say he caused a total of $12,000 worth of damage while driving intoxicated, according to the report.

Anna Douglas •  803-329-4068

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