A 24-year-old Bluffton man was arrested Wednesday for driving his moped while under the influence and fighting with officers, according to a news release.
Bluffton police were notified around 2 p.m. that a man on a moped was swerving along Buckwalter Parkway and had fallen onto the grass section of the median strip. An officer located the driver, Corey Avery, swerving across several lanes after turning onto Bluffton Parkway, the release said.
The officer stopped Avery, conducted a sobriety test and told him he was under arrest for driving under the influence. Avery attempted to run, but was quickly apprehended.
Avery pulled away as officers attempted to handcuff him, causing the officers to fall to the ground. While trying to gain control of Avery, one of the officers injured his hand, the release said.
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A search revealed that Avery was in possession of marijuana and a bottle of pills, later identified as Xanax.
After being transported to the Bluffton police station, Avery repeatedly banged his head on the holding door cell, causing himself a head injury. He was then taken to Coastal Carolina Hospital for evaluation and cleared.
Police say Avery again resisted arrest en route to the Beaufort County Detention Center and caused $300 in damages to a patrol car. He was charged with driving under the influence, possession of marijuana, resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance and malicious injury to property, the release said.