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South Carolina police charge teen with felony DUI

Southeast of Clemson, the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office says that a 19-year-old male has been charged with felony driving under the influence. The charge is related to a car accident in which a 19-year-old girl was injured.

Police were called to the scene of a single-car accident at around 11:30 p.m. on Christmas night that involved injuries. The crash happened at the Dolphin Head Way and Seabrook Drive intersection. Deputies say that the car was upside down and 100 feet past the tree line that runs along the road. The female passenger was trapped in the vehicle and had to be freed. She suffered life-threatening injuries and was flown to a hospital.

Based on surveillance footage and witnesses, authorities have deducted that the teenage boy bought a 25-ounce beer at around 10 p.m. at a convenience store without being asked for identification. The convenience store and its clerk were cited for selling beer to an underaged individual.

The male teen was taken into custody, and along with the felony DUI charge, he faces one count of a minor possessing beer or wine. He is awaiting a bail hearing while in custody at the Beaufort County Detention Center.

The legal drinking age in the United States is 21, but a lot of teens find ways to get their hands on alcohol. Sometimes, they ask people who are old enough to buy alcohol to make the purchase for them. Other times, like in this case, the clerks of stores do not ask underage customers for identification when they purchase alcoholic beverages.

An experienced attorney may be able to help those accused since every DUI incident is different. If a store clerk does not ask for identification when an underage individual tries to buy alcohol, the underage person could argue that he or she does not deserve to take full responsibility. The consequences for DUI and possession of alcohol may be reduced if the argument is successful.

Source: abc News 4, "Beaufort County teenager charged with felony DUI", December 30, 2013

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