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Man arrested for high breath test after business dinner

Facing drunken driving charges is always a nerve-wracking situation. But those individuals that have taken a breath test and blow higher than a 0.15 may be even more nervous. That is because South Carolina law provides for additional consequences when the driver blows a high breath test.

An official for Boeing in South Carolina has found himself in this very situation after getting in an accident following a business dinner. After work on July 13, the man went out to dinner downtown with his supervisor.

Around 2:20 AM on July 14, his car crashed into a concrete divider. Upon impact, the airbags deployed causing a chin contusion and confusion for the driver. When approached by authorities, the man cooperated and took a breath test with a result of 0.19. Officers said that the man seemed confused and disoriented.

In South Carolina, a breath test over 0.15 means automatic revocation of a driver's license for 60 days. This is covered under the implied consent laws. However, a strong defense may be able to prevent this revocation from occurring.

Attorneys who are experienced in the field of DUI charges and breath tests know that the machine taking these readings does not always provide accurate results. For example, the machine may misread substances as deep lung ethanol molecules. This would result in a falsely inflated alcohol reading.

There is also always the possibility that medication is playing a role in the behavior of the individual and the reading of the breath test.

All of these factors show that it is important, even in the case of a high breath test, to research all the possible factors that may be playing into the results. These factors may help to suppress the reading or to get the charges dropped altogether.

Source: The Post and Courier, "Boeing South Carolina official arrested on DUI charge," Andrew Knapp, Aug. 2, 2012

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