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Woman charged with DUI that damaged multiple parked cars

South Carolina readers may be aware of media coverage surrounding an unusual drunk driving arrest in Socastee. The story is rare in that it centers on an arrest made after an automobile accident, and with the alleged driver in a different location than the wrecked vehicle. Faced with DUI and other charges, one woman is in the beginning stages of what may turn out to be a complicated legal battle.

The crash took place during nighttime hours. Police believe that a vehicle traveling on Socastee Boulevard crossed that road before striking a power pole. It is assumed that the car then went airborne in order to clear a ditch before crashing into multiple cars parked on an automotive sales lot. The vehicle then caught fire, leading firefighters to the scene to extinguish the flames.

When police arrived, they were unable to locate a suspect at the scene. They then began checking the surrounding area, at which point they encountered the woman they believe had caused the crash. Although she was not in or immediately near the vehicle when police began questioning her, they brought her to the scene and administered a breath analysis. She was then transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital.

Police have charged the woman with DUI, as well as leaving the scene. In proving those charges in a South Carolina court of law, the prosecution will need to determine that the woman was the driver of the vehicle at the time of the crash. Considering that she was not in the immediate area of the crash when police arrived, this may prove to be a difficult task.

Source: wmbfnews.com, "Overnight crash damages cars in used car lot; woman faces DUI", Mandy Noell, July 24, 2014

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