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Driver hits pedestrian, faces felony DUI

Motorists in South Carolina who may be considering their best course of action in the face of a felony DUI charge may be interested in learning about an incident that occurred in a beach town in the northeast part of the state. According to media sources, authorities in Horry County have charged a 56-year-old man with felony driving under the influence resulting in a death after he allegedly struck and killed a woman in Atlantic Beach on June 21.

The incident occurred around 2 a.m. near a North Myrtle Beach area gentleman's club. South Carolina Highway Safety Patrol officials say that a 49-year-old woman was attempting to get inside the man's truck when she was fatally struck. Results of the autopsy performed by the Horry County Deputy Coroner's office indicate that the cause of death was multiple trauma by a motor vehicle.

According to records, the driver was detained by police following the collision and subsequently taken to J. Reuben Long Detention Center. He has since been released from custody on a $25,000 bond.

Although preliminary reports do not disclose any information regarding evidence gathered by police that led to the felony drunk driving charges, in situations like this, authorities might on rely the results of field sobriety tests and breath tests to support their case. Individuals who find themselves in similar situations may want to know that DUI charges based on such evidence are potentially able to be defended against.

After evaluating the evidence, a DUI defense attorney may be able to determine if the field sobriety test was undertaken in full compliance as well as if there are any discrepancies in police reports and other documentation. Any deficiencies uncovered in the prosecutor's case could possibly lead to a reduction or dismissal of the charges.

Source: Carolina live, "Driver charged with Felony DUI after Highway Patrol says he hit pedestrian", Continuous News Desk, June 23, 2014

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