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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.

DUI charges in South Carolina accident

A 33-year-old Mount Pleasant man has been charged with felony DUI and two counts of leaving an accident scene involving personal injury. The incident occurred around 1:30 a.m. on June 13. Construction crews were reportedly paving the road in the area when a pickup drove through the construction area close to the guard rail and struck two workers, according to witnesses.

When authorities arrived on the scene, one of the injured workers was reportedly lying on the ground in blood. He had difficulty answering questions and was allegedly going in and out of consciousness. He was transported to an area hospital, where he was treated for facial trauma, head trauma and broken ribs. He is expected to survive. The other injured worker indicated that he was suffering from shoulder pain and was taken to a medical center to be evaluated and treated. Officials patrolled the area in search of the pickup, eventually detaining the driver. According to state records, this was the first instance of drunk driving charges for the man.

Board declines man's parole bid

Some readers from South Carolina may recall the deadly boating accident on Lake Murray that left two women dead. The man who was convicted of reckless homicide with respect to that incident recently saw his petition for early release from prison denied by a board. He is currently serving a 10-year sentence.

The crash occurred in May 2010 near the Susie Ebert and Flotilla islands. After the collision, police performed blood testing on the man that allegedly indicated he had been boating while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of .11 percent; the legal limit in South Carolina is .08 percent.

South Carolina woman pleads guilty to felony DUI

A 26-year-old woman was sentenced to six years in prison on May 27 after pleading guilty to a count of felony DUI. She was charged after causing an accident in January of 2013 when her car drifted off the road on Interstate 526. As she attempted to return to the road, her car struck a Jeep being driven by a 35-year-old male.

The driver was killed in the collision, and a passenger in the Jeep was also injured. According to police, this was not the first drunk driving charge for the woman as she had been previously charged with DUI in 2012 in a case that had not yet been resolved. In addition to the prison time in the 2013 case, the woman will spend five years on probation and was given credit for nearly three months time served.

Driver facing felony charges in South Carolina crash

A 27-year-old man allegedly caused a crash on May 23 that killed a 24-year-old female on Highway 378 in Marion. According to police, the man was driving west on the highway when his vehicle collided head-on with a Mustang being driven by the woman around 1 a.m. The woman died at the scene while a passenger in the Mustang was taken to Grand Strand Medical Center for treatment of what were called serious injuries.

The man who reportedly caused the accident was booked at Marion County Detention Center and was charged with two felony counts of driving under the influence. He was also charged with one count of driving without a license. Highway 378 near Pee Dee Bridge had to be closed for seven hours following the crash.

Driver faces DUI charge after car wash crash

South Carolina police say that a 29-year-old man was intoxicated when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a car wash during the early hours of May 11. The Gray Court resident is facing drunk driving charges due to the alleged results of a blood alcohol test conducted while he was receiving medical treatment. The incident took place at approximately 2:45 a.m. in Travelers Rest.

The Travelers Rest Police Department say that the man was proceeding westbound on Center Street when he lost control of his pickup truck. The truck then crossed the Main Street intersection and struck a car wash on the opposite side of the roadway. Police say that the vehicle collided with the car wash with sufficient force to buckle some of the structure's steel beams.

Man sentenced to 8 years for 2012 DUI

South Carolina motorists who find themselves facing DUI charges may be interested in knowing the outcome of a felony drunk driving case involving an Anderson man. News sources say that on May 7, the 43-year-old man was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to drunk driving charges stemming from a chase and subsequent collision that happened in August 2012. In addition, his driver's license will be suspended for three years once he is released from prison. Sources did not indicate if the man was represented by counsel in court.

According to the prosecution, the man's blood alcohol level was almost twice the legal limit when he struck a Cadillac traveling on S.C. 254 at Bypass 72. The driver of that vehicle suffered severe injuries as a result and has since undergone several surgeries. Prior to the crash, the intoxicated man led highway patrol troopers on a high-speed chase down the bypass while reaching speeds in excess of 90 mph.

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