Residents of South Carolina have likely heard the Cinderella stories about individuals who end up on a reality TV show and become rich and famous. However, those that have fame still have to deal with the law. Two cast members of the show “Myrtle Manor” have learned this over the past couple of weeks as they are now both facing drunk driving charges.
In some situations, a routine traffic stop can take a turn for the worse if a police officer believes that there is an aroma of alcohol coming from the vehicle. This is exactly what happened to the cast member who was most recently charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.
The 21-year-old girl was pulled over for allegedly driving 62 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone. After pulling the vehicle over, the police officer approached the car to question the driver. At that point, the officer allegedly smelled alcohol coming from the vehicle and saw an open container of rum sticking out from under the driver’s seat.
The girl was arrested and taken to Myrtle Beach jail where a Breathalyzer test was administered. The test came back with a BAC of .15. The good news in this case is that the girl will not have to deal with the more severe consequences of a high breath test. A BAC is considered high when the driver’s BAC is higher than .15.
Although, she is lucky she did not have a high breath test, the consequences are still potentially severe and, when someone faces DUI charges, it is always helpful for them to have an experienced DUI defense advocate on their side. The penalties associated with a drunk driving conviction may include a license suspension, monetary fines, jail time or more. A rigorous defense will try to mitigate these consequences and the impact they have on the life of the accused.
Source: The State, “Second ‘Myrtle Manor’ cast member faces DUI charge,” Maya T. Prabhu, April 28, 2013