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Former NFL star serves 1 day in jail for DUI

Football fans in South Carolina may remember Donovan McNabb for the headlines he made during his 13-year NFL career, but the former quarterback was recently in the news for a different reason. McNabb was released from an Arizona jail on April 17 after serving one day behind bars. The retired athlete had previously entered a guilty plea to drunk-driving charges stemming from a citation he received last year.

According to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, police clocked a Range Rover driven by McNabb at 81 mph on a stretch of State Route 101 with a posted speed limit of 65 mph. Police subsequently cited McNabb for speeding and charged him with misdemeanor DUI. The incident took place east of Phoenix, on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Police did not state McNabb's blood alcohol content level at the time of the traffic stop.

High-speed chase leads to drunk driving charges

A South Carolina man is facing charges in two counties after an April 2 traffic incident developed into a high-speed chase. The Hemingway resident is facing drunk driving charges in Marion County and charges of assault, domestic violence and resisting arrest in Williamsburg County.

The man's burgundy Chevrolet Impala was reportedly spotted chasing a female pedestrian by an off-duty police officer on Main Street in Hemmingway at about 6 p.m. The officer, who had been on his way to work, tried to intervene by placing his vehicle between the man's car and the woman. However, the man's car allegedly struck the woman before leaving the scene at a high rate of speed. The off-duty officer then followed the Impala towards Johnsonville on Highway 41/51.

Felony DUI charge comes after crash that killed a motorcyclist

A South Carolina man from Orangeburg was charged with felony DUI after an accident that left one other person dead. The accident happened on March 30 when the man's Chrysler ran into a Kawasaki off-road motorcycle near the motorcycle driver's home. The driver of the car was charged on March 31, and bond was set at $75,000.

The 36-year-old motorcycle driver died from internal injuries and massive blunt force trauma, according to a chief deputy coroner. The driver of the Chrysler car was taken to a local hospital but suffered no injuries from the collision, according to investigators. A report states that he was checked by medical personnel at the hospital, however, because he was allegedly attacked shortly after the crash.

DWI driver's father dies in South Carolina crash

A woman has been taken into custody by authorities and charged with felony DUI after a crash on the evening of March 22 that killed her own father and injured four occupants of another vehicle. She was also charged with having an open container in a motor vehicle, felony DUI with great bodily injury and driving under suspension.

A South Carolina Highway Patrol representative stated that the accused was driving a Chevrolet pickup truck northbound at approximately 6:55 p.m. on Highway 45. Another driver was traveling in the same direction in a GMC Yukon. The Yukon's driver decelerated in order to make a left turn off of the road, and the Chevy's driver tried and failed to pass the vehicle in a no-pass zone, sideswiping the Yukon and sending both vehicles into a ditch.

Man charged after crash on South Carolina highway

An accident on a South Carolina highway on March 17 left a woman injured and a man facing drunk driving charges. The accident happened around 9:30 p.m. on Maybank Highway near Bears Bluff Road on Wadmalaw Island. According to the police, a woman was changing a tire on her disabled car, which was partially blocking traffic, when an oncoming vehicle stuck her car.

The impact threw the woman away from her vehicle. She reportedly suffered life-threatening injuries. The man was not injured. He was taken to Charleston County Detention Center and faces drunk driving charges. He left the jail after posting $997 in bail.

Driver who hit Coca-Cola truck charged with DUI

A South Carolina man is facing drunk driving charges after he crashed his car into a Coca-Cola delivery truck. The truck then hit another vehicle, and two people were taken to hospitals with injuries that were not life-threatening.

The accused 60-year-old man was driving west on Gervais Street in Columbia when he allegedly turned in front of two vehicles and hit the truck. He was charged with DUI and failure to yield the right of way. This is not the man's first DUI charge. In addition to a previous DUI, he also has a criminal record, including charges of public drunkenness, breaking and entering and cocaine possession. When he is released from the hospital, he will be booked.

Man facing charges of felony DUI after passenger dies

A 20-year-old man is facing charges in South Carolina of felony DUI resulting in death in connection with an accident that occurred at about 4 a.m. on March 7. The crash happened in the 500 block of Veterans Road in Columbia, according to a Columbia Police Department representative, and resulted in the death of a passenger in the vehicle.

Authorities said the man was traveling at a high speed when he went off the road and hit a tree, striking it with the passenger side of the vehicle. Both the driver and a 17-year-old passenger were extricated from the vehicle and transported to the hospital. According to the Richland County coroner, another passenger, a 21-year-old man, died from injuries suffered in the crash. An investigation into the crash is ongoing.

1 man dies in wrong-way accident, driver charged

A 51-year-old South Carolina man was taken into custody and charged with felony DUI after he was believed to be involved in a wrong-way crash while under the influence that killed one person. The accident reportedly occurred on Feb. 23 on Interstate 20 at approximately 5:45 a.m.

The man was allegedly traveling east in the westbound lanes of the interstate with a suspended license. At mile marker 68, he allegedly collided with another driver. The other driver, a 41-year-old man, was transported to a nearby hospital where he died as a result of the injuries he suffered in the crash. The man accused of causing the wreck and a passenger that was in his vehicle were also both transported to a hospital, though their conditions were not known at the time of the crash.

Drunk driving charges for man after single-vehicle crash

A South Carolina man is being charged with drunk driving and causing serious injury months after police allege that he was hurt in a crash involving just a single automobile. The man, according to reports, suffered various injuries along with his passenger when the vehicle overturned.

On Dec. 28, 2013, a 26-year-old man was driving north with an unidentified passenger on the Old Ninety Six Highway in Greenwood. Around 2:45 a.m., the man allegedly lost control of his vehicle, a 1997 Chevrolet. Police claim that the man drove off of the right side of the highway and into a ditch. The car then overturned in the ditch. Police claim that neither of the occupants were wearing seat belts at the time they say the crash occurred.

South Carolina woman detained after fatal DUI-related accident

On Feb. 10, a 36-year-old Rock Hill woman was taken into custody after her GMC Yukon ran into the back of a vehicle waiting at a stoplight on Celanese Road. The vehicle, a Kia Rio driven by a woman who was 22 years old, was pushed into the path of a Toyota Camry. The driver of the Kia Rio was pronounced dead at the Piedmont Medical Center emergency room shortly after the accident. The other two drivers were uninjured.

The GMC Yukon driver allegedly had a blood alcohol content of .20 percent at the time of the accident. She also had a previous record of drunk driving and traffic offenses. In 2008, she was tested at her home for sobriety after a driver reported seeing her swerving on the road. Her blood alcohol content at that time was .11, and she completed an alcohol and drug safety program to earn back her license, which had been suspended after the incident. In 2009, she ran into a man on the same road although no injuries resulted from the collision.

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