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South Carolina police officer accused of DUI

An officer with the Myrtle Beach Police Department has been arrested and charged with drunk driving. The arrest came after a car accident in which the police officer's truck crashed into a ditch. In addition to the DUI charge, he is also facing open container charges.

A member of the South Carolina Highway Patrol arrived at the scene of the accident. He allegedly witnessed the 29-year-old police officer climbing from a window of the truck that he had crashed into a ditch on Postal Way in Myrtle Beach. Reports indicate that the trooper noted the scent of alcohol on the officer's breath prior to making the arrest.

Field sobriety tests were administered, and the trooper listed three separate clues to the driver's alleged impairment. No details were given as to the nature of said clues. In addition, it is not known if the officer submitted to breath analysis while at the scene of the accident. After the officer's arrest, the attending officer searched the truck and reportedly found a number of open beer containers, resulting in the additional charge. As this case moves forward, many in South Carolina will follow to see how it is resolved. 

When one faces a charge for DUI in South Carolina, one also faces the possibility of a conviction and the conviction's associated penalties. Luckily for residents of the state, everyone is presumed innocent until proved otherwise in a court of law. When faced with DUI or similar charges, many find the assistance of an experienced defense attorney to be not only helpful but also reassuring. 

Source: wmbfnews.com, "Myrtle Beach police officer arrested for DUI, open container", Brooke Holden, Feb. 11, 2015

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