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Sheriff to defend against DUI charges in South Carolina

Nobody is above the law. This even includes law enforcement agents. One sheriff in South Carolina is finding this out the hard way in a recent incident that resulted in him being arrested on DUI charges. He will now be looking to defend himself against these accusations in court.

The incident happened early one morning in late December when police were called to the scene of a vehicle accident. The crash involved a pickup truck and another vehicle. Despite not finding the sheriff physically at the scene of the crash, the police officers ended up arresting the man anyway. The highway patrol officers claim that they discovered physical evidence that links the sheriff's pickup truck to the crash.

The sheriff allegedly failed his field sobriety test. He also later refused to take a breath test. The sheriff, who had first been elected sheriff in 1994, was charged with leaving the scene of the crash along with the DUI charges. There has yet to be any information released to the public regarding any injuries caused by the crash.

Now, the sheriff who is used to doing the arresting is finding himself with the tables turned. On the other hand, all have the right to defend themselves against criminal charges in the court of law in South Carolina. This even applies to law enforcement officials being accused of a crime. The defendant could have several possible legal strategies available to him to defend against the DUI charges, which could potentially result in charges being dropped completely or at least minimizing punishment.

Source: wyff4.com, "SC sheriff charged with DUI after hit and run crash", Dec. 28, 2014

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