A state representative for South Carolina is likely relieved at the news that one of two drunk driving charges against him has been dropped. Democrat Ted Vick has been fighting the charges, which stem from two separate incidents, even though he is not currently seeking re-election. Now that one of those DUI charges no longer stands, that fight may be significantly easier to manage. The DUI charge that was dropped was the result of an incident that police officers witnessed last year. As Vick was exiting the Statehouse, he stumbled in the parking lot. Once inside his car, he struck a traffic cone, prompting the officers to pull him over. Vick's attorney asserts that he stumbled because he had a rock in his show at the time, and was not impaired.
A recent car crash has ended the life of a South Carolina National Guardsman. The incident took place after what police say was a string of crimes committed by a 19-year-old man. He is now facing a range of serious charges, including DUI involving death.
In many ways, South Carolina has unique laws regarding driving under the influence. This has served as a catalyst for discussion on this blog.
For many people, the Fourth of July is a highlight of summer. The holiday is viewed as a great way to celebrate the country's founding alongside friends and family. After all of this revelry, however, South Carolina residents may want to do their best to avoid facing legal penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol.
Car accidents happen on the roadways of South Carolina just like they do in every state across the country. If a resident sees a car that they believe could cause an accident, they will sometimes report it to the authorities. This happened recently in South Carolina and the report led to the issuance of drunk driving charges.
Previous postings in this blog have discussed the DUI charges being faced by South Carolina state representative Ted Vick. As was outlined in these previous posts, Vick was pulled over after an officer witnessed him stumbling while walking to his vehicle, which was parked in a garage. Once he got into his car to drive away. authorities pulled him over and then charged him with driving under the influence.
Legislation involving drunk driving is an ever-changing area of law in many states. The changes many states are contemplating involve the installation and ignition interlock devices and other consequences that result when a driver is charged with a crime and convicted for drunk driving. In 2009, the state of South Carolina passed legislation stating that a Breathalyzer test must be administered within two hours of a driver's arrest.
Many residents of South Carolina may know that it can sometimes be scary to be accused of committing a crime, especially if the act that resulted in the charges was committed on accident. That is the case for a South Carolina man who accidently struck the back end of a police cruiser. He was not only penalized for allegedly causing a car accident, but also for allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol. The man is now facing drunk driving charges.