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21-year-old says drunk state senator struck her from behind

Auto crash victim wants State Sen. Paul Campbell to be held accountable for causing her accident and injuries. According to the crash victim, Sen. Campbell drove into the back of her vehicle while intoxicated, but he has yet to face the consequences.

According to police, the state senator hit the woman while they were traveling near each other on Interstate 26. The woman, represented by her attorney, is asking the senator to accept responsibility. However, the senator claims that his wife was driving the car when the accident occurred.

The 21-year-old woman alleges that the senator is lying. She claims to have witnessed the man exit the driver's seat, then walk behind his car as his wife got into the driver's seat.

When South Carolina Highway Patrol officers arrived on scene, the senator told authorities that he merely got out of his car to ensure that his wife was okay -- and he wasn't switching seats. Troopers, however, allege that the senator was driving. They arrested him on charges of DUI and also charged him with lying to authorities. Both DUI and lying to police are misdemeanor offenses. The senator's blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level registered .09 percent after a breath test.

The 21-year-old crash victim says that she was surprised when she read the story in the newspaper. She couldn't believe that someone with this level of power would lie to police.

It's not uncommon for drunk drivers to try and switch places with the other person in the car when they're involved in a crash. In fact, this tactic can often fool crash victims and police. However, South Carolina police know what to look for in these cases and can often determine if someone is lying. If you have been injured by a drunk driver, and the driver is trying to say that he or she was not behind the wheel, you may still be able to hold him or her accountable in court.

Source: The Post and Courier, "Crash victim calls on Sen. Paul Campbell to take responsibility after DUI arrest," Angie Jackson, Nov. 07, 2017

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