A South Carolina woman is behind bars and is facing charges for an accident that occurred earlier this year. Local law enforcement officers claim this crash was the result of impaired driving. As one individual died and another was injured, the charges against her include a felony DUI.
According to the administrator at the Dillion Country Detention Center, the accused is being held on $200,000 bond and is waiting for future court dates regarding an incident that occurred in July. The South Carolina Highway Patrol claims this individual failed to yield the right-of-way, causing an on-duty police officer to collide with her vehicle at a high-rate of speed. The officer, who was reportedly responding to a call with lights and sirens on, couldn’t stop in time and slammed into the accused’s vehicle.
A passenger in the accused’s car was killed in the wreck. The police officer suffered serious injuries and is still receiving treatments at a local rehabilitation center. It is unknown if the officer has been able to return to work in any capacity or if he is still on leave.
It was not reported if the woman deemed responsible for this wreck suffered any injuries in the crash. She has been charged with felony DUI, as officers claim she was intoxicated at the time of the crash, though it was not made public as to how her alleged impairment was determined. If South Carolina prosecutors are able to secure a conviction, the potential penalties associated with this charge could include a hefty fine and a lengthy prison term. As these consequences could dramatically impact the course of this woman’s life, a number of legal options may be available to help her situation including fighting for a dismissal, requesting alternative sentencing, if available, and/or seeking to negotiate a plea agreement.
Source: carolinalive.com, “Woman charged with Felony DUI in wreck that severely injured Dillon officer”, Tonya Brown, Dec. 9, 2014