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Drunken driver couldn’t change flat tire. He called Rock Hill police for help.

Chad Hesketh
Chad Hesketh

A man was arrested for drunken driving after repeatedly calling the police to help him change his flat tire, according to a Rock Hill police report.

Chad Hesketh, 22, has been charged with driving with an unlawful alcohol concentration, according to the report.

Hesketh called the police late Tuesday and said he had been trying to change his flat tire for almost an hour and half on Dave Lyle Boulevard, the report says.

Officers said Hesketh stumbled slightly getting out of the 2014 Nissan Altima, the report says.

Hesketh told police he hit a pothole and blew the tire, the report says.

The officer told Hesketh he hadn’t removed the hubcap yet, which the officer said was the first step in changing the tire, the report says.

The Rock Hill police officer left the scene to respond to another call, but Hesketh called 911 again for help.

When the same officer returned, Hesketh said he couldn’t “jack the car up,” the report says.

The officer showed Hesketh where the car jack should be positioned and noticed Hesketh smelled like alcohol, the report says.

Hesketh admitted having one beer and his prescription medication two hours earlier, the report says.

The officer said Hesketh was noticeably swaying during roadside sobriety tests. His blood-alcohol concentration was 0.17 percent, the report says. The legal limit is 0.08 percent.

Hesketh’s South Carolina driver’s license was suspended.

Hannah Smoot: 803-329-4068

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