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South Carolina's DOT director resigns after high breath test


As readers of this blog are likely aware from previous postings, the potential consequences for a drunk driving conviction can be very severe, and it is important to handle these cases very carefully. Residents of South Carolina may also be aware that the consequences of a high breath test may be even worse than those that an individual may face for a DUI charge resulting from a blood alcohol content of .08 to .15.

As if the consequences could not get any worse, when the individual facing the charges is in the public eye, there is often an additional element of damage to the individual's reputation and career. Unfortunately, the director of South Carolina's Department of Transportation seems to be facing this very situation.

The 66-year-old director was pulled over at around 8:00 on a Friday morning after he was allegedly seen driving erratically. State troopers administered a field sobriety test that they say he failed. He was then arrested and taken to jail where he took a breath test. According to troopers, the director's blood alcohol content registered at .20.

That same day, the director resigned from his position at the Department of Transportation. He stated that his resignation had been submitted for personal reasons. A spokesperson from the Department spoke of his appreciation for the director's service to his country and the department but then stated that the Department has a no tolerance policy for drinking and driving.

In South Carolina, a breath test is considered high any time it registers over .15. Those individuals that take a high breath test are subject to an immediate revocation of their driver's license for a period of at least 60 days and possibly longer. These circumstances can make a person feel completely helpless and scared. The best course of action in this situation is to hire a strong DUI defense attorney who is familiar with the errors and malfunctions that can occur in a Datamaster or other breath test. Pointing out these potential flaws can aide in obtaining a lesser punishment for the defendant.

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