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Police: Man initially too intoxicated for mugshot hit women, building with truck

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John Thompson (Source: Clemson PD) John Thompson (Source: Clemson PD)
John Thompson in bond court (Aug. 30, 2017/FOX Carolina) John Thompson in bond court (Aug. 30, 2017/FOX Carolina)
Damage to the Greek Gallery (FOX Carolina/ August 30, 2017) Damage to the Greek Gallery (FOX Carolina/ August 30, 2017)
CLEMSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Clemson police said a Georgia man was arrested and charged with driving under the influence early Wednesday after crashing into a business and striking pedestrians with a pickup truck.

The crash happened around 12:30 a.m. on College Avenue, according to Chief Jimmy Dixon.

Dixon said John Thompson, 34, from Pooler, GA, was driving a white Ford F-350 that crossed all three lanes on College Avenue, went up the sidewalk, and crashed into the front of The Greek Gallery memorabilia store.

Dixon said two women were struck by the vehicle and transported to the hospital but has since been released. A male victim was not transported from the scene, according to police.

Thompson is also accused of striking a car which was legally parked.

He refused to take a breathalyzer and was initially too intoxicated to take a booking photo following his arrest, Dixon said.

“Thompson is not a Clemson University student and is being held at the Clemson City Jail awaiting a bond hearing,” Dixon said. “As the chief I am extremely grateful this incident was no worse than it was."

Later on Wednesday, police released a mugshot of Thompson.

He appeared at 3 p.m. for a bond hearing, where a judge set his bond at the legal maximum: $1,224.50.

"I do believe it should have been a whole lot higher," the judge said.

An attorney representing the victims in the case spoke at the hearing and said Thompson should be considered a danger to the public and a flight risk. He has a prior DUI charge and was on probation for a drug charge out of Florida, the attorney said.

One of the female victims spoke at the hearing, fighting back tears.

"I'm not letting you get away with this," she said.

The judge said when Thompson makes bond he will be extradited back to Florida. He has a mandatory court appearance in Clemson scheduled for Sep. 20 at 5 p.m.

Thompson was ordered not to have any contact with the victims.

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