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Felony DUI charges after woman hits moped, injures rider

South Carolina police have arrested a woman believed to have struck and injured a moped rider while driving under the influence. The incident took place on a recent Thursday night in West Ashley. Upon initial reports, it appears that the woman encountered a moped driver, and a collision resulted. As events progressed, the woman was ultimately faced with felony DUI charges.

The woman was driving an SUV on Highway 17 when police believe that she attempted to make a left hand turn. At that point, a woman driving a moped collided with the side of the SUV. A witness told police that the driver continued past the scene, pulling into a parking lot on Highway 17. At that point, the witness took down the license plate and called police. The woman exited the lot before officers arrived.

The moped rider sustained serious injuries in the accident. She suffered a severe cut to her forehead, and may have broken an arm. As of the time of this report, there is no update as to her current condition or prognosis for recovery.

When South Carolina police ran the license plate, they went to the address listed and arrested the 45-year-old woman believed to have been involved in the accident. She submitted to breath analysis, which placed her blood alcohol level at .13 percent. As the case moves forward, additional details may arise. In structuring her defense to these felony DUI charges, the woman's legal team may focus on whether the woman consumed alcohol once arriving at her home, which may have led to the elevated breath analysis levels.   

Source: live5news.com, "Driver facing felony DUI charge after West Ashley accident", Harriet Ward, Oct. 3, 2014

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