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South Carolina man refuses breathalyzer; charged with felony DUI

Celebrations on the Fourth of July often involve alcohol. Unfortunately, sometimes alcohol can make tempers rise and if an argument ensues, the emotions may be intensified while individuals are under the influence of alcohol.

This type of situation can quickly snowball out of control and the ultimate outcome can be much more severe than anyone ever intended. This may be what happened recently in South Carolina in a situation the resulted in one woman sustaining fatal injuries and a man being charged with felony driving under the influence.

The day started out with a man, his roommate and his girlfriend enjoying a day of hanging out and drinking alcoholic beverages, as numerous people do during the summer holidays. Unfortunately, at some point during the day, police say, the three got into a verbal argument. Authorities were told all of this when they reported to the scene of an accident where a man was allegedly standing in the middle of the street looking down on a woman's body. According to authorities, his SUV was nearby.

Authorities conducted sobriety testing at the scene of the accident which resulted in them taking the man into custody. At the police station the man refused a breathalyzer. Therefore, his blood had to be taken for blood-alcohol content testing. The results remain unknown. The man was charged with felony DUI and is being held on a $200,000 bond.

When one or more individuals refuse to take breath test there can be serious consequences. In South Carolina, refusing a breathalyzer usually means an automatic revocation of the individual's driver's license. This is an unfortunate outcome especially when many people likely refuse blood-alcohol content testing because they are nervous and also do not understand the severe consequences of this decision.

Source: The State, "Lexington man charged with running over, killing girlfriend July 4th," July 5, 2013

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