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Police chase leads to DUI charges and arrest

The decision to drive while under the influence of any amount of alcohol can come with serious penalties if the driver is pulled over by authorities and charged with drunk driving. However, the penalties can be even more severe if the traffic stop results in a high breath test in accordance with South Carolina law.

A South Carolina man was recently pulled over and may face the consequences associated with a high breath test after a Breathalyzer showed his blood alcohol content(BAC) to be .22. Under South Carolina law, the legal limit is .08, but a high breath test is any test result that measures over.15. According to implied consent laws, when a driver has a BAC that is higher than .15, he or she is subject to an automatic revocation of his or her driver's license for at least 60 days, but possibly for a greater period of time.

According to police reports, authorities were dispatched to S.C. Highway 246 South after receiving a call about a driver who was believed to be drunk. Once authorities spotted the vehicle, the man led them on a short chase and ran two red lights before authorities finally cornered him in a parking lot.

When the man got out of the vehicle, the officer placed him on the ground and handcuffed him. It was at that point that the officer allegedly smelled alcohol on the man. Upon taking a breath test, the man's BAC registered at .22. He was arrested and charged with DUI.

There are serious penalties for driving with a BAC measuring over .15. However, these penalties have the potential to be reduced. By doing the necessary research into the traffic stop, as well as analyzing the arrest and questioning that followed, if any, a driver can ensure that none of his rights were violated and that all legally required processes were followed. If any such violations occurred, then there may be a basis for reducing or dismissing the criminal charges.

Source: Greenwood Living, "Chase leads to charges of DUI, child endangerment," Feb. 25, 2013

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