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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.

The woman was pulled over, and a trooper suspected that she was under the influence of alcohol. Her performance on a Breathalyzer or field sobriety test, or even if one was administered, is unclear at this time. Social Services contacted the students' parents to request they come pick them up, and the coach was charged with child endangerment and DUI.

It is difficult to imagine the potential noise level in a car containing seven high-school aged girls. That alone could be distraction enough to cause a person to drive erratically. In a DUI case such as this, the accusations against the woman could be devastating to her career and livelihood. In order to prove these charges against her, South Carolina prosecutors must provide sufficient evidence to remove all reasonable doubt. This is often a difficult standard to meet.

Source: wyff4.com, "District: Coach charged with DUI with 7 athletes in car", Carla Field, Sept. 30, 2014

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