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Truck driver facing DUI charges in South Carolina

South Carolina readers may be aware of a recent arrest in which a commercial truck driver has been accused of drunk driving. The story has been covered in depth, and the name of the driver has been made public. As the case moves toward court, it is likely that he will suffer a range of negative reaction, which could include the loss of his job. This is an unfortunate result of many DUI charges, even when those accusations fail to lead to a conviction.

Law enforcement reports assert that the South Carolina man was observed driving in an erratic manner on Interstate 75. Other drivers contacted authorities to report the matter, and sheriff's deputies approached the grain truck that the man was driving. They attempted to pull him over, but report that he did not stop the vehicle until he had driven an additional 20 miles on the same roadway.

Eventually more than a dozen police vehicles were brought in to assist, and the vehicle was surrounded before slowing to a stop. The driver was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and attempting to flee the scene. He was transported to an area hospital, although there were no injuries resulting from the stop.

The sheriff's office has released a statement that they believe the driver was under the influence of medication at the time of the incident. As the South Carolina DUI charges case moves forward, this may play a central role in the criminal defense strategy. In many cases, a medical condition or a change in prescribed medication can cause an individual to become impaired beyond the point at which it is safe to drive. When it can be demonstrated to the court that this condition was reached through error rather than a callous lack of care, the legal outcome is often less severe than a case in which a driver chose to drink and drive.

Source: 13wmaz.com, "Truck driver charged with DUI after Peach Co. chase", Jan. 30, 2015

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