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DUI Charges follow New Year's Day crash

A great deal of effort was put into public awareness of the risk of drunk driving during the recent holiday season. Those messages may have proven effective, as South Carolina police report that there were no drunk driving fatalities on New Year's Day. Accidents still take place, however, and one single-vehicle crash left the driver with felony DUI charges.

The accident took place in the early evening of New Year's Day. Police were called to the site of a single-vehicle accident, and found an International Scout upside down near an intersection. There were four occupants within the vehicle at the time of the crash, three of whom were injured. One sustained lacerations to the liver and a critical brain injury.

Police noted the presence of an open can of beer nearby. They assert that the 23-year-old man driving the car smelled of alcohol. There is no mention of whether he or anyone else at the scene may have been drinking beer at the site, after the crash took place. The three passengers refused to speak with police about the incident. A blood draw was completed on the driver, and the material sent to a lab for analysis.

The young man who was driving the vehicle now faces charges of felony DUI. As his case moves forward, the attorney chosen to represent his interests will make a thorough review of the evidence held by South Carolina police. If the driver was drinking beer at the site of the accident, that information might factor into the defense strategy that is ultimately selected. Each and every case is different, but all who face DUI charges share the need to take immediate action to address pressing legal needs.  

Source: postandcourier.com, "Driver in Isle of Palms wreck faces felony charge in one of many holiday DUI arrests", Andrew Knapp, Jan. 4, 2015

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