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Man charged with drunk driving and child endangerment

Getting behind the wheel of a motorized vehicle after consuming too much alcohol can always be accompanied by potentially serious penalties. However, when a drunk driver has a history of drunk driving charges or if authorities believe that a drunk driver is putting the lives of others in danger the severity of the potential consequences can increase substantially.

A South Carolina man was recently charged with a crime after he was pulled over for suspicion of drunk driving and authorities allegedly noticed that his four-year-old daughter was sleeping in the backseat of the car.

According to the police report, the 35-year-old male driver was seen swerving in and out of the lanes on a Saturday night. Officers then tried to pull him over. When the man pulled his vehicle to the side of the road, he allegedly hit the curb and almost hit a roadside sign.

Authorities claim that upon approaching the vehicle they noticed the man's wife sitting in the passenger seat and the child in the backseat. They also allegedly noticed a strong scent of alcohol wafting from the vehicle. Upon searching the car, authorities supposedly found open alcohol containers in the vehicle.

The man agreed to field sobriety testing which, police say, he failed. He was then taken to the police station where he agreed to a breathalyzer test but officers claim that he tried to cheat by not blowing hard enough into the device.

Unfortunately, the man had a prior DUI offense on his record. In these types of situations the authorities can be harsh and unforgiving. Therefore, the man was charged with driving under the influence second offense, open container and child endangerment.

This is obviously a very unfortunate situation for this man and his family. Although authorities smelled alcohol coming from the vehicle, he could have been driving his wife home after she'd had too much to drink and gotten nervous when he was asked to undergo sobriety testing and take a Breathalyzer.

Whether this was the case or not, when facing criminal charges for driving under the influence of alcohol, it is always helpful for people to understand their legal rights and criminal defense options.

Source: WBTV, "Report: Man driving drunk with 4-year-old asleep in back seat," June 10, 2013

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