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Alleged DUI driver chased down and detained by witnesses

A South Carolina man was chased down, caught and detained by witnesses after he hit several cars and attempted to leave the scene. The driver now faces charges of driving under the influence and leaving an accident scene.

The incidents happened on Nov. 12 in downtown Ft. Mill near Clebourne and White Streets and Confederate and Main Streets. According to police, the 22-year-old alleged drunk driver struck a number of vehicles and then attempted to flee on foot. The occupant of a parked car he struck and other witnesses chased and detained the young man who then pleaded with them to let him go as they called 911. Witnesses say police arrived and took him into custody.

According to police, the man's breath sample showed a blood alcohol content of .18; the legal limit in South Carolina is .08. He did not complete a field sobriety test. The effect drunk driving charges can have on one's personal and professional life may be significant and damaging  for years to come. DUI penalties available upon conviction can range from mandatory substance abuse classes and community service to incarceration and stiff monetary penalties, dependent upon the severity of the charges. Repeat offenders and those involved in DUI events where someone is killed are likely to be sentenced to a period of incarceration. Courts will consider numerous factors when determining the proper sentence for the DUI charges. These factors may include the degree of intoxication, the extent to which the public was impacted by the DUI event and whether the charges are for a first time or repeat offense.

Persons facing DUI charges may want to ensure that the record upon which the court bases its decisions on is complete and correct. A DUI defense attorney may be able to present mitigating evidence to the prosecutor and negotiate a resolution of the matter, which includes lesser charges without their client having to go to trial.

Source: Fort Mill Times, "Suspect in DUI crashes chased, held by witnesses", Jenny Overman, November 22, 2013

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