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Truck without driver plows into fire station

A 29-year-old man faces charges of drinking and driving after his pickup truck drove into a Burton Fire District station in South Carolina on Nov. 19. The S.C. Highway Patrol reported that the car accident happened around 5:30 p.m. The man faces charges of drinking and driving, driving without his seat belt and hit-and-run that resulted in property damage.

Authorities reported that the man wasn't in the truck when it drove into the building. Bystanders allegedly saw the man fall out of the vehicle near a stop sign, but the truck didn't stop. The motorist wasn't hurt. The truck hit a wall and punctured a hole in it; the front wall of the building was also damaged. No one was inside at the time because the firefighters had responded to a call.

The man submitted to a subsequent blood alcohol content test at a detention facility that registered .23 percent, or almost triple the maximum limit allowed by state law. The accused man was freed after he posted a bond of more than $2,500.

When someone faces drunk driving charges that cause property damage to a government building, they might face enhanced sanctions. However, reasons may exist for the accident, such as a driver who was not in actual physical control of a vehicle. A DUI defense lawyer might be able to convince the court that a client was the victim of extenuating circumstances that caused them to be unable to control the vehicle. The court might consider the lawyer's arguments and agree to a plea agreement or a reduced sentence in the case.

Source: Fire Fighting News, "Burton Man Charged With DUI In Fire Station Crash", November 22, 2013

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