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Public figure in South Carolina charged with DUI

When an individual is facing allegations of committing a criminal act, it is always a serious situation that should be handled carefully, no matter the nature of the charges. However, if the person facing the allegations is a public figure or in the public eye in any way, the impact on their life can be negative in more than just a legal way. It could also negatively impact their reputation. For instance, a South Carolina sports anchor that was recently charged with DUI could potentially face this very unfortunately fate.

According to authorities in South Carolina, the man was pulled over on a recent Sunday evening after his vehicle was witnessed striking the center median. After pulling the man over, police claim they asked him whether he was okay and he allegedly mumbled something inaudible in return.

The man then allegedly told the officers that he had consumed one beer before driving his vehicle. However, police believed he was exhibiting behaviors of someone that had consumed too much alcohol to legally operate his vehicle such as slurred speech, slow response rates and glassy eyes. The police administered a field sobriety test, which the man failed. At that point he was arrested.

The man was taken to the Charleston County Detention Center where police say he declined blood alcohol testing. He is being held on bond of just under $1,000.

The potential penalties for someone facing DUI charges in South Carolina can include an automatic driver's license suspension, monetary fines and time spent in jail. However, when a driver is charged with a crime and refuses to take a breath test, the penalties can become even more severe. Therefore it is always a good idea to involve an experienced drunk driving defense attorney as quickly as possible. An attorney will take the necessary steps to minimize the negative impact on the life of the accused individual.

Source: Live 5 News, "Lowcountry sports anchor arrested for DUI in Mt. Pleasant," Cameron Easley, Sept. 24, 2013

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