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Driver faces felony DUI charges in connection with fatal crash

It was before dawn on a recent Saturday when the South Carolina Highway Patrol was called to the scene of an accident. When troopers arrived, it was discovered that an 82-year-old man had suffered fatal injuries and passed away at the scene. Another driver was taken into custody and is now facing felony DUI charges in connection with his death.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol says that the 30-year-old driver was traveling south on State 291. Reports indicate, however, that his vehicle was in the northbound lane at the time. The older driver was in that lane when the two vehicles collided. The southbound driver suffered injuries in the crash that were considered to be minor.

Teacher facing DUI charges, child endangerment

A recent incident in Lexington County has led to the arrest of a teacher as she pulled into the parking lot of a local elementary school. The story has led to a great deal of outrage in the community, especially as the woman was also charged with child endangerment for having given a student a ride to school on the day of her arrest. As of the time of this report, she is facing serious DUI charges, and could lose her position as a South Carolina teacher.

Police allegedly observed the woman driving erratically in the area of the school, crossing over the center lane and leaving the right side of the roadway several times. The officer followed her as she turned into the parking lot of her school, at which time he pulled her over and approached the vehicle. When asked, the teacher told police that she had consumed a couple of glasses of wine before going to sleep around 10 p.m. the night before.

South Carolina police officer facing DUI charges

A recent car crash has led to criminal charges for one South Carolina police officer. The 36-year-old man is employed as an officer with the Spartanburg Police Department. While there are few details available concerning the incident, it appears as if a one-vehicle car accident led to the man's arrest on DUI charges.  

Spartanburg police were called to the scene of a one-vehicle accident on Cedar Springs Road. Upon arriving, they found that the driver of a Chevy Impala police car had apparently lost control of that vehicle and crashed into a tree. The crash took place at or around 11:30 a.m. on a Friday morning.

Sentencing in South Carolina felony DUI case

When an individual makes the decision to drink and drive, he or she creates a high level of risk for each and every person encountered while on the road. When an accident takes place, a drunk driver will be held accountable for the choices made leading up to the incident. This is the case for one young man who was recently sentenced in a felony DUI case in Spartanburg County, South Carolina.

The 20-year-old man was charged with at least eight counts associated with a fatal wreck that took place in March. Police assert that the man allowed his vehicle to cross the center lane of travel and strike another vehicle head-on. In that car were a 43-year-old woman, her husband, mother and 11-year-old daughter. The woman and her mother were killed in the crash, and both the husband and daughter were seriously injured.

Traffic stop leads to serious DUI charges

When South Carolina residents choose to have a few drinks, the choices that follow can have life-altering consequences. One of the most dangerous acts that anyone can undertake is attempting to drive a vehicle after drinking. Alcohol often leads to poor judgment, and the inability to accurately measure levels of risk. This leads many otherwise rational and responsible individuals to make the decision to get behind the wheel of a car or truck. The result is often DUI charges.

This is the case for one South Carolina man who was recently pulled over. The officer claims that the 31-year-old man swerved briefly into oncoming traffic, and nearly struck two vehicles. When he was pulled over and speaking with the officer, the patrolman claims to have smelled alcohol on the driver's breath.

South Carolina police officer facing DUI charges

Being accused of drunk driving is a serious event for anyone. For those who hold a position in which their primary focus is serving the public, such a charge can be devastating. South Carolina residents place a great deal of trust in the officials tasked with looking after public safety. When one of those individuals faces DUI charges, that trust is threatened.

Such is the case in the recent story of a Goose Creek police officer who was recently charged with DUI. Following his arrest, his name, photograph and employment information has been spread across various forms of media. As a result, many in the community may be questioning the sincerity of the man's promise to serve and protect.

Felony DUI charges after woman hits moped, injures rider

South Carolina police have arrested a woman believed to have struck and injured a moped rider while driving under the influence. The incident took place on a recent Thursday night in West Ashley. Upon initial reports, it appears that the woman encountered a moped driver, and a collision resulted. As events progressed, the woman was ultimately faced with felony DUI charges.

The woman was driving an SUV on Highway 17 when police believe that she attempted to make a left hand turn. At that point, a woman driving a moped collided with the side of the SUV. A witness told police that the driver continued past the scene, pulling into a parking lot on Highway 17. At that point, the witness took down the license plate and called police. The woman exited the lot before officers arrived.

Will new law cause more people refuse to take a breath test?

Prior to Oct. 1, the cost of a DUI conviction took a toll on an individual's financial, personal and professional life. Now, those costs could go up.  A new DUI law went into effect in South Carolina requiring certain people convicted of drunk driving to use an ignition interlock device.  Some officials are concerned that this will mean that more people will refuse to take a breath test when they are suspected of driving under the influence. 

Anyone convicted of drunk driving who had a blood alcohol level of .15 percent or above is now required to use an ignition interlock device in their vehicle for six months.  Repeat offenders are now required to use the device for two years.  The device prevents a vehicle from starting if the machine registers that the person consumed alcohol, and a photograph is taken each time the machine is used to ensure that someone else is not blowing into the device for the driver.

South Carolina coach charged with DUI

Even before the invention and the popularity of the cell phone, there were many distractions in a vehicle. Some people are distracted simply by the conversations of other people going on around them. Such distractions could potentially lead to erratic behavior that could even cause some people to assume the driver is under the influence of alcohol. It is unclear if this could be the case after a woman in South Carolina was arrested and charged with DUI.

The woman is a high school cross country coach. According to reports, she was transporting seven student-athletes to a meet when she was pulled over. Police officers claim they received several phone calls reporting erratic behavior, but it is unclear what that behavior might have been.

Felony DUI charges filed in June fatal accident

South Carolina readers may recall media coverage of a terrible accident that took place this June in Orangeburg. The crash ended the life of a 25-year-old man who was riding in the car of a friend. Now, more than three months later, the driver of that vehicle is facing felony DUI charges. This likely comes as a relief to the family of the young man who was killed in the crash.

The crash took place in the early morning hours, when police say that the 28-year-old driver lost control of the vehicle. The car left the roadway and overturned, throwing both men out of the vehicle. While the driver was injured in the crash, his passenger and friend was unable to survive his injuries, and died as a result. Testing revealed that the driver had a blood alcohol level of .11 at the time of the crash.

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