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Myrtle Beach news anchor facing DUI charge

A Myrtle Beach news anchor is facing a charge for driving under the influence after he was pulled over by a state trooper in the early morning hours of Saturday, Sept. 10. Interestingly, in the biographical information about the anchor, Michael Maely, on the station's website, he says he is happiest "when I am behind the wheel, ideally on a closed track!"

Unfortunately, Maely wasn't on a closed track when the South Carolina Highway Patrol says he was going 96 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone on U.S. 17 Bypass shortly before 4 a.m.

The 42-year-old Maely reportedly refused to submit to a roadside breathalyzer test. The SCHP says that he was unable to complete a roadside sobriety test. According to the trooper's report, "he lost his balance and almost fell over." Maely, who anchors four evening broadcasts, reportedly told the trooper he had only had a beer.

According to the SCHP, the anchor, who was released from jail after posting bond, was not charged with speeding because the DUI charge is all-inclusive of moving violations. His driver's license has been suspended for a year, as is required under state law when a person refuses a breathalyzer test.

It hasn't been reported whether the DUI, which is Maely's first, will impact his job. The station's news director would not comment on the matter. His attorney has asked people to reserve judgment, saying, "At this point, everything is just an allegation…."

A DUI can have consequences beyond potential jail time, fines and a license suspension. For people in some lines of work, whether they're in the public eye or not, their job can involve driving, and they might lose it. No DUI -- not even a first offense -- should be taken lightly. You should always seek legal guidance to try to mitigate the impacts on your life.

Source: MyrtleBeachOnline.com, "WMBF news anchor arrested on DUI charge," Sep. 13, 2016

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