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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.

South Carolina teacher charged with DUI, child endangerment

A South Carolina elementary school teacher was taken into custody on the morning of Oct. 20 for drunk driving. In addition to drunk driving charges, a report from the South Carolina Department of Public Safety revealed that the woman is facing a child endangerment count after a minor was allegedly found in her vehicle at the time of the incident.

A Lexington County police officer pulled the woman's vehicle over after a caller had alerted authorities that it was being driven in an erratic manner. A dashboard mounted camera in the police vehicle reportedly showed the woman having difficulty maintaining a single lane. Officers say that the woman was taken into custody after performing poorly during field sobriety tests. A subsequent breath test is said to have revealed the woman's blood alcohol level to be .10 percent.

New law increases penalties for first-time offenders

A new South Carolina law called Emma's Law requires even first-time DUI offenders to install an ignition interlock device in their cars. The law was named after a girl who was killed in a drunk driving accident while going to church with her family in 2012. Emma's Law says that a first-time offender with a blood alcohol content of more than .15 percent must use such a device for six months. If a driver is convicted for a second time, the device must be used for two years.

Drivers will not be able to get their licenses back until they complete the Ignition Interlock Program. The ignition interlock device prevents a vehicle from starting if the driver has a blood alcohol content of more than .02 percent. Those who have an interlock device must pay $130 a month out of their own pocket. Reports say that 750 drivers in the state have such a device in their vehicles.

South Carolina man crashes into gas station

Law enforcement officials from the Rock Hill Police Department reported that a 32-year-old Chester man crashed his car into a gas station on Oct. 5. According to police, the collision happened around 9:25 a.m. When officials arrived, they could reportedly smell alcohol on the man who was said to be fading in and out of consciousness.

The accident occurred at the Exxon gas station located at the corner of Cherry Road and Oakland Avenue. The man, who had been driving a Ford Explorer, allegedly crashed into the building and subsequently caused an estimated $20,000 in property damage.

How does a BAC test work?

In South Carolina, drivers give implied consent to submit to breath tests when asked to do so. The state allows an investigating officer or an officer who may take a driver into custody to conduct such testing. However, this is only the case when the test is being videotaped. Although tests are to be done as soon as practicable, there is no statute of limitations on when a test may be conducted.

Before beginning a test, an officer will inform the driver of his or her obligation under the law and turn on a video camera. The officer will then check the driver's mouth for any dental work or other foreign objects. After this is done, the testing period will begin. If the testing period begins prior to checking the driver's mouth, a new test may need to be started.

Boating while impaired

Boating in South Carolina is governed by local ordinances as well as state law. The regulations concerning the operation of watercraft are in many ways similar to those concerning the operation of a car, as exemplified by the laws against boating while intoxicated. Law enforcement officials may pull over a boat if they suspect its operator is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

For, it is a criminal violation in South Carolina for people to operate a boat when their faculties are 'appreciably" and 'materially" impaired by drugs or alcohol. If there are neither injuries nor other aggravating circumstances related to the BWI charge, it is classified as a misdemeanor. Upon conviction, the operator may be required to pay fines, serve jail time or perform community service. Multiple convictions lead to greater punishments, according to the law. For instance, a third misdemeanor BWI conviction carries a minimum fine of $3,500 and at least 60 days in jail.

Refusing a breath test in South Carolina

Routine traffic stops can be troubling experiences for some drivers, particularly if they are nervous about failing a breath alcohol test. In South Carolina, a driver is considered too intoxicated to drive when their blood alcohol content is greater than .08 percent. Drivers have the right to refuse to take a breath alcohol test if a police officer asks to perform one; however, there are consequences to refusing a test.

According to South Carolina drunk driving laws, the state assumes that all licensed drivers consent to drug and alcohol testing, including breath tests, if an officer detains them on suspicion of DUI. The law requires that a license suspension of at least six months follow a refusal to take a test. The driver's refusal to take the test can be submitted as evidence of the driver's intoxication in court. When a driver refuses to submit to a test, an officer may choose to pursue a blood test. However, police must obtain a warrant before a blood sample can be taken.

Man facing DUI charges for fatal 5-vehicle crash

A man was accused of drunk driving and causing a fatal crash involving five cars on Sept. 6 in South Carolina. The incident happened around 7:45 p.m. at Sheep Farm Road and Wells Highway in Seneca. Police allege that a 52-year-old man drove through a red light before broadsiding one car and then hitting three other vehicles.

A man in the first vehicle that was struck died at the crash scene. A woman in that same vehicle was transported to Oconee Medical Center where she later died due to neck trauma. Five other people were also injured in the wreck. Officers charged the 52-year-old man with two felony counts of driving under the influence resulting in death.

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