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Woman could face felony DUI charge after arrest in South Carolina

Residents of South Carolina often hear or read about accidents involving a driver who is alleged to be under the influence of some substance while driving. However, when they hear about DUI charges, they may assume that the person was under the influence of alcohol. It is true that this is often the case. However, an individual can be charged with a DUI for being under the influence of substances other than alcohol as well. This was the case in a car accident that recently occurred in North Augusta, South Carolina.

The 24-year-old woman who is facing charges was involved in a car accident on May 15. The collision occurred when the woman allegedly rear-ended another vehicle at a traffic light. The initial collision caused the front car to roll forward and strike another car traveling in front of it.

It is suspected that the woman was under the influence of prescription medication and she has been charged with DUI. The initial charge is a misdemeanor, but, there is a chance that her charges will be escalated to a felony DUI. According to authorities, whether the charges become more severe will depend upon the results of the woman's urine test.

In South Carolina, a driver can be charged with felony DUI under a few varying circumstances. A DUI can be escalated to a felony charge if the accident was a head-on collision, if the driver had a high BAC or if the accident caused death or serious bodily harm to another party. In this case, the authorities are considering increasing the charges to a felony due to the severe nature of the injuries sustained by the other parties involved in the accident.

An accident that occurs as a result of drunk driving can be difficult for everyone involved. However, no matter what the circumstances surrounding the accident, everyone is innocent until proven guilty and entitled a fair trial for the criminal accusations.

Source: WRDW.com, "Woman arrested on DUI charge after 3-car accident in North Augusta," May 15, 2013

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