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Police allege drunk driving in South Carolina roadside accident

Two road workers are in the hospital after an afternoon automobile accident in South Carolina. The driver claims to have fallen asleep while driving, but police are alleging that he was driving while intoxicated. This is the latest of three incidents of road worker injury this year.

The two South Carolina road workers were installing new traffic signals at the intersection of Glenn McConnell Parkway and Bees Ferry Road in Charleston. Just after 2 p.m. on Sept. 20, a spokesman for the Department of Transportation claims that a 54-year-old man drove his car through orange barrels that were acting as a barrier to protect the workers. His car collided with the two workers, police reports allege. The man claims that he had fallen asleep at the wheel while driving. The two injured road workers were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The man is now facing DWI charges, reports say. The two workers, employees of Banks Construction, were part of the project to widen Bees Ferry Road. The construction company could not be reached by reporters for comment, and the condition of the workers is unknown. This is the third road worker incident this year, all of which have resulted in DWI charges. The other two incidents were fatal for the road workers.

DWI offenses, whether misdemeanor or felony DWI, can have serious potential consequences for a driver. The penalties for convictions under DWI laws can include fines, license suspensions, and even a jail sentence. The consequences are even more severe for multiple DWI offenses. An attorney who has experience in defending against drunk driving charges may be able to help by evaluating the state's evidence and getting the penalties reduced, either through a successful defense or the plea bargaining process.

Source: The Post and Courier, "Drunk driver hits two road workers west of the Ashley", Prentiss Findlay, September 20, 2013

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