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Department of Transportation Secretary resigns after DUI charge

After being taken into police custody and charged with driving under the influence, the South Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary has resigned from his position. Based on information from Lexington County count records, the man was charged with DUI on Jan. 31 after being pulled over by a highway patrol trooper at around 8 a.m.

According to a member of the highway patrol, the man was heading eastbound on Interstate 20 near Bush River Road, and his Honda Accord was pulled over after an officer claims to have noticed the Accord driving erratically. After reportedly performing poorly on a field sobriety test, he was taken into custody and transported to a detention center. He was released later the same day on personal recognizance. While at the detention center, the 66-year-old man submitted to a blood-alcohol test, the results of which indicated a blood-alcohol concentration of .20 percent. The legal limit in the state is .08 percent.

In the man's resignation letter, which was made available by the governor's office, he cited personal reasons as an explanation for stepping down from his position. The governor believed he was a good man who provided a lifetime of service, but since the state has a no-tolerance policy for state directors, it was deemed necessary for him to resign.

Although reports indicate that the man resigned his position in correlation with the drunk driving charges, he may be able to avoid being convicted of a DUI. It is not uncommon for lawyers to call blood tests into question because if a test was not administered correctly, it could provide inaccurate results. The man may also consider a plea bargain that could help him avoid jail time.

Source: The State, "SC Transportation Department chief resigns after DUI arrest", Andrew Shain, Chris Winston, January 31, 2014

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