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High school coach charged with DUI after high breath test

When a resident of South Carolina has been pulled over by authorities for suspicion of drunk driving and charged with DUI, they are most likely experiencing many emotions. Some of these emotions may include fear, anger, hopelessness and much more. There are certain circumstances surrounding a DUI charge that could potentially intensify these feelings. One of those circumstances is when the individual has a high breath test.

According to South Carolina law, a high breath test is a blood alcohol content that is two times the legal limit or more. In South Carolina, the legal limit is .08 percent so anything over .15 percent is considered a high breath test. A high school football coach in the state has recently found himself in this very scary situation. He is facing DUI charges after being pulled over and blowing a .16.

According to authorities, the coach was driving home after a sporting event when he ran a red light and collided with another vehicle. When officers responded to the scene the coach allegedly told them that he had consumed six beers at the game. The 48-year-old man was arrested and, in addition to DUI charges, is also facing charges for failure to obey a traffic light.

The incident has met mixed reactions in the community. Some parents are appalled that this man who was supposed to be a role model, mentor and coach to their children has gotten himself into this situation. However, others have said that, although they are disappointed, all individuals are innocent until proven guilty and they will wait for the ultimate decision to pass judgment.

Although some are giving the coach the benefit of the doubt at this point, it is obvious that a situation like this can severely impact one's career. The man has been suspended from his coaching duties indefinitely.

Police and prosecutors will gather evidence against a person as soon as DUI charges are filed. As can be seen in this case, a DUI arrest will have an immediate effect. Therefore, people need to prepare a criminal defense as soon as possible to try and mitigate damages.

Source: ABC News 13, "Coach Charged With DUI," Rex Hodge, Sept. 10, 2013

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