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South Carolina sheriff accused of hit-and-run DUI accident

The Berkeley County Sheriff was charged with DUI and hit-and run by the South Carolina State Patrol on Dec. 28 following an accident. According to reports, the 63-year-old sheriff allegedly hit a 21-year-old man's car before driving away from the accident scene. The young man was reportedly injured in the accident, but his specific injuries were not reported.

Sources indicate that the accident happened around 5:50 a.m. at the intersection of Henry E. Brown Jr. Boulevard and Red Bank Road. Following the accident, the sheriff, who is currently serving his fifth term in office, reportedly left the scene in his truck.

Man faces felony DUI charges in fatal accident

South Carolina highway officials report that a man was taken into custody on charges of allegedly driving drunk and causing a car accident that claimed the life of a 26-year-old man. The fatal accident occurred about 8:15 p.m. on Dec. 22 in Horry County.

Authorities stated that a 32-year-old Loris man driving a southbound 1998 Ford Explorer collided with a northbound 2007 Jeep Cherokee as the man, who was traveling on Red Bluff Road, veered over into the opposite side of the roadway. In the impact, the Ford driver was injured; however, a male occupant in the Jeep, also from Loris, died from his injuries. It was reported that first responders took the injured Ford driver to a nearby hospital for treatment. It was unknown if the Jeep passenger was also transported to a hospital first or if he died at the scene. It is unclear if anyone else was involved or injured in the incident.

Micheal Phelps resolves DUI case

South Carolina residents may be interested to hear that Olympic swimmer Micheal Phelps has pleaded guilty to DUI. He was originally taken into custody on Sept. 30 near the Fort McHenry Tunnel on I-95 in Baltimore. Police say that he crossed double lines and was going approximately 84 mph in a 45-mph zone in his 2014 Land Shark Rover.

When police made contact with Phelps, he was asked to perform routine field sobriety tests. He reportedly did poorly on the tests, which led to Phelps being taken into custody. Police say that he was cooperative throughout the entire process. He was formally charged with DUI, excessive speed and crossing double lane lines. A judge gave him a one-year suspended sentence in addition to 18 months' probation on Dec. 19, and Phelps entered into a treatment program after being taken into custody.

South Carolina Mayor charged with DUI

In a Nov. 29 incident, the mayor of McColl was detained after being apprehended on High Street. Mayor George Ray Grier allegedly failed a field sobriety test and refused breath testing, according to reports. He has been charged with DUI as a result. Reports indicate that after being charged, the mayor was released on a personal recognizance bond of $997 the following day.

Although the mayor reportedly declined commenting on specific questions posed via telephone requests, he released a statement to area news sources. In the statement, Grier noted that he had made a mistake. He indicated that he drank more than he realized at a local football game and that he attempted to reach his home a half mile from the stadium. In his statement, he apologized for the situation.

DUI charges dropped after tests show that driver was ill

Drivers who may have been falsely charged with driving under the influence on South Carolina roadways may be interested in learning about a DUI case in Anderson County that has now been dismissed. On Dec. 4, news sources reported that felony drunk driving charges against a man who suffers from a rare health disorder were dropped because criminal prosecution of the charged driver based on the evidence in the case is not supported by law.

Prior to the release of toxicology reports, the charged driver was facing two counts of felony DUI resulting in death. During the investigation following the high-speed crash that claimed the lives of two people, authorities found empty beer cans as well as spilled beer in the alleged at-fault driver's vehicle. Troopers indicated that the 52-year-old man appeared confused and disoriented at the scene, and investigators said that he had no memory of the fatal event later that same evening.

Boating while intoxicated

The legal limit for the blood alcohol content of an individual while operating a motor vehicle in the state of South Carolina is .08 percent. This law applies to individuals who operate boats. Their blood alcohol content level must not exceed .08 percent if they are to legally operate their vessel.

Law enforcement agencies, such as the U.S. Coast Guard, have the authority to pull over boat operators who appear impaired. Additionally, these officials also have the authority to set up BUI checkpoints to search for boaters who may be operating their vessel while under the influence.

What 3 tests are commonly used for field sobriety tests?

The Standardized Field Sobriety Test is a series of three assessments that South Carolina law enforcement officials administer to help them determine whether a driver suspected of impairment is in fact impaired. The series consists of the horizontal gaze nystagmus, the one-leg stand and the walk-and-turn test. Reportedly, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration helped in the research used to develop these assessments.

The horizontal gaze nystagmus is when the human eyeball involuntarily jerks while gazing from side to side. This is a natural occurrence, but the jerking is exaggerated in alcohol-impaired people, making it hard for them to smoothly track a moving item. During HGN tests, officials observe the horizontal movement of the driver's eyes as the driver follows a slowly moving object.

Felony DUI charges for South Carolina man

A 24-year-old South Carolina man is facing DUI-related charges after an accident on Nov. 8 left three people dead and three others injured. The man charged is an assistant baseball coach at Anderson University.

The man was driving a Ford pickup shortly after midnight on Williamston Road. He allegedly crossed the center line and hit a Nissan Altima head-on in front of a new dormitory at Anderson University. The 22-year-old driving the Nissan and a 17-year-old died at the scene. A 20-year-old woman was taken to a hospital and succumbed to her injuries as well. Another 17-year-old was hospitalized and reported to be in stable condition, while a 12-year-old was in critical condition. All were passengers in the Nissan. The pickup truck's passenger, a 28-year-old man, is also in critical condition. According to authorities, the driver of the pickup will face five other felony charges in addition to the current charge of felony DUI resulting in death.

Man accused of DUI in head-on collision

A driver has been charged with felonies related to drunk driving after a head-on automobile accident killed three people in South Carolina. The wreck happened at 12:17 a.m. on Nov. 8 as the two vehicles passed through the intersection of U.S. Highway 29 and East Calhoun Street in Anderson.

According to spokespeople from the South Carolina police, a 24-year-old man from Florida was driving a truck around a curve at more than 70 mph when he crossed the line in the center of the road and ran into an oncoming car. The accident killed three of the five people in the other vehicle and injured both the others. One of them, a 12-year-old girl, required an emergency tracheotomy in order to survive long enough to be taken to the hospital for treatment. The passenger in the truck was also critically injured in the accident.

South Carolina man facing felony DUI charge after police chase

Morning traffic was shut down along a heavily traveled road after a fatal accident on Oct. 29. Police report that the incident occurred around 5 a.m. when a vehicle left the roadway and struck two other automobiles. A local coroner confirmed that a 33-year-old South Carolina man died from injuries sustained during the collision. The driver of the vehicle that left the road, a 19-year-old man, has been charged with DUI involving death and several other counts related to an earlier incident.

In addition to the fatality in the accident, the suspect and another individual also suffered injuries. The collision allegedly took place after police began chasing the man following reports of a domestic dispute. It is believed that the man had been in a fight with his former girlfriend which resulted in shots being fired. Police reports say that a vehicular chase ensued before the fatal accident occurred.