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South Carolina police launch campaign to deter drunk drivers

According to reports, police in South Carolina have launched a campaign on Aug. 22 entitled Sober or Slammer, and it is expected to run through until Sept. 1. The campaign's goal is to raise awareness about the consequences of DUI in South Carolina in addition to trying to prevent impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol estimates that one person is killed each day on average by a drunk driver. During the first few days of the campaign, reports say that law enforcement in Horry County had detained approximately 46 individuals for DUI.

Man charged with felony DUI after fatal accident

A fatal crash in South Carolina resulted in a 20-year-old man being charged with felony DUI and minor in possession of alcohol. The two-car accident took place on Johns Island around 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 16 and resulted in the death of the other driver. The accused driver was reportedly still recovering from his injuries at the Medical University of South Carolina when he posted $100,475 bail three days after the incident.

The alleged DUI incident happened when the accused man was driving an SUV and collided head-on with another SUV being driven by a 17-year-old female. The teen was pronounced dead at the scene. A police incident report stated that before the crash, the accused driver had been witnessed passing other vehicles at excessive speeds. After drifting off the right side of the road, the driver apparently overcorrected and crossed the centerline.

Traffic stop results in charges of DUI and child endangerment

A South Carolina man is facing charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and child endangerment after being pulled over in Kershaw County on Aug. 4. The Lugoff resident was taken into custody, and the children were released to relatives.

The traffic stop occurred around U.S Route 1 and Lachicotte Road. According to a highway patrol representative, the 51-year-old man was stopped after a trooper suspected drunk driving. Three juveniles were also present, one identified as the man's own child. All three were turned over to their respective parents after the incident.

South Carolina court starts new DUI treatment program

Florence's 12th Judicial Court started a new DUI treatment program for repeat offenders on June 16. The court solicitor said this could make them productive members of society and no longer a public danger.

This rehabilitation plan includes a minimum of 13 months intensive care. Participants receive supervision, counseling and accountability. Then, they enter into a six-month aftercare program during which they will have access to resources to help them stay sober. Recovery clients can also attend AA meetings, random alcohol and drug testing, and weekly DUI/Drug Court assessment team appearances. The two people enrolled right now have multiple DUIs and a long drinking history. They said they are ready for a change, and the DUI court coordinator stated they appear to be serious about getting sober. Additional people are also being screened for entry.

South Carolina woman charged with DUI at police checkpoint

A 34-year-old woman who passed through a police checkpoint on JA Cochran Bypass in Chester during the early morning hours of July 25 reportedly did so with an open container of beer and children in her car. When police stopped the woman at the checkpoint, they noticed a strong smell of alcohol coming from her car and asked if there was an open container in the vehicle.

The woman reportedly admitted that there was an open container and handed an officer a 25-ounce can of Busch Ice. After giving the officer the can of beer, she was asked to perform field sobriety tests, and they said that her performance indicated that she was under the influence of alcohol. She was then taken into custody and transported to the Chester County Law Enforcement Center, and it was reported that she refused to give a breath sample while there.

4 cars damaged in South Carolina accident

A woman was charged with DUI after crashing a 2002 Lincoln at Socastee Auto Sales during the evening hours of July 24. The crash reportedly damaged four cars in the lot and caused the Lincoln to catch on fire. According to a reporter present at the scene of the accident, the back of one of the cars had been completely destroyed.

Police say that the owner of the vehicle was a passenger in the car at the time of the accident. Both the driver and the passenger reportedly left the scene of the crash and were walking down a road when they were found by troopers. The driver of the vehicle reportedly took a field sobriety test before being put into an ambulance and transported to an area hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries. The owner of the shop believed that excessive speed may have played a role in the incident. There was no word as to where the driver was taken for processing, if she was allowed to make bail or when her next court appearance may be.

Man arrested in alleged DUI collision

A 24-year-old South Carolina man is facing charges of felony DWI resulting in death after hitting and killing a cyclist in front of a Goodwill store. The cyclist, a 33-year-old man, died before he could be transported to a hospital. The driver continued traveling for a few blocks after the collision, but he then walked back to the site of the accident.

Police who talked to the driver at the scene of the accident allegedly found that he was intoxicated. Using a search warrant, they obtained a blood sample that they said confirmed their initial assumption.

South Carolina woman detained for DUI after crash

Police took a 23-year-old woman into custody and charged her with DUI on June 27 after they allegedly found her vehicle crashed off a road in Spartanburg. According to police, the woman damaged a fire hydrant on Powell Mill Road when she crashed in front of Jesse Bobo Elementary School around 3 a.m., and her car ended up about 100 feet from the roadway.

Evidence at the scene indicates that the woman drove through the fire hydrant and knocked it 100 feet from where it was mounted. Police say that the car was smoking from under the hood when they arrived, and the car had three flat tires as a result of the crash. It was reported that the woman had a blood alcohol content level of .17 percent, which is more than double the legal limit in the state.

Driver hits pedestrian, faces felony DUI

Motorists in South Carolina who may be considering their best course of action in the face of a felony DUI charge may be interested in learning about an incident that occurred in a beach town in the northeast part of the state. According to media sources, authorities in Horry County have charged a 56-year-old man with felony driving under the influence resulting in a death after he allegedly struck and killed a woman in Atlantic Beach on June 21.

The incident occurred around 2 a.m. near a North Myrtle Beach area gentleman's club. South Carolina Highway Safety Patrol officials say that a 49-year-old woman was attempting to get inside the man's truck when she was fatally struck. Results of the autopsy performed by the Horry County Deputy Coroner's office indicate that the cause of death was multiple trauma by a motor vehicle.

Suspect in fatal accident denies that he was driving

One woman died and the suspected driver was injured in a single vehicle accident that occurred on June 15 near Woodruff, approximately 60 miles east of Clemson, South Carolina. According to troopers with the Highway Patrol, the wreck happened at approximately 12:50 a.m. when a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria driving east on I-26 hit a roadside guardrail. The 23-year-old man facing drunk driving charges in connection with the incident denies that he was driving.

Troopers said the driver of the car lost control, drove off the left side of the highway and traveled back across I-26 before striking the rail on the right side of the roadway. The suspect and a 16-year-old female passenger were ejected from the vehicle by the impact. Both were hospitalized, but the teen girl later died around 3 a.m. according to the Spartanburg County Coroner's Office. One other passenger in the car was uninjured.

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