Drunk driver hits woman, storefront in Clemson say police

John Christopher Thompson

CLEMSON S.C. (WSPA) — Clemson Police say a woman has been released from the hospital after a drunk driver hit her on a sidewalk and crashed into a storefront.

Police say it happened around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday on College Avenue. The driver has been identified as John Christopher Thompson, 34, of Pooler, Georgia.

John Christopher Thompson
John Christopher Thompson

Police say Thompson was driving a Ford F-350 pickup truck downtown when he ran onto the sidewalk in front of The Greek Gallery and hit three people before crashing into the store.

The victim was taken to a hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Clemson Police Chief Jimmy Dixon says the woman has been released from the hospital.

Thompson attempted to run from the scene but was stopped by witnesses, according to a post on the Clemson Police Department Facebook page. The suspect was detained by witnesses until officers arrived.

Thompson has been charged with driving under the influence.

He’s in the Clemson jail awaiting extradition to Florida for violating parole.

Clemson Police Chief Jimmy Dixon said in a statement that he’s extremely grateful the incident was no worse than it was.