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South Carolina man flees sobriety checkpoint; charged with DUI

When a resident of South Carolina is suspected of drunk driving, there are many circumstances that can play a part in the severity of the potential consequences that could accompany a conviction. One of those circumstances is the accused individual's history of DUI charges or drunk driving, if any.

For example, a South Carolina man that allegedly fled a sobriety checkpoint in South Carolina has a past that could impact the consequences he faces for fleeing. According to reports, the 21-year-old man allegedly tried to flee a sobriety checkpoint on a previous occasion in 2011. In addition, he was involved in a car accident in 2010 that caused the death of another individual. In that accident he was determined to be the at fault driver. However, accident investigators never found any evidence of drug or alcohol use by the man at the time of that previous car accident.

Authorities states that, in the most recent occurrence, officers stopped the man's car and asked him to step out of the vehicle because they could smell alcohol. They likely wanted the man to complete some field sobriety tests. When a trooper opened the driver's door, he accelerated away from the checkpoint. Authorities chased the vehicle through city limits and eventually used a tire-deflating device to stop him.

The man is now facing DUI charges, among other charges for fleeing the checkpoint. When an individual is charged with a crime, whether it involves drunk driving or not, it should be taken very seriously. A resident of South Carolina that is charged with a crime may be scared and may or may not realize that they could face some severe penalties.

However, there are experienced drunk driving defense attorneys in South Carolina that want to help defendants through these difficult and scary situations. Sometimes a defense attorney can obtain a reduction in charges or at least a lesser punishment for the alleged drunk driver.

Source: Aiken Standard, "Man who fled checkpoint had record of driving offenses," Teddy Kulmala, Jan. 10, 2014

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