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South Carolina woman detained for DUI after crash

Police took a 23-year-old woman into custody and charged her with DUI on June 27 after they allegedly found her vehicle crashed off a road in Spartanburg. According to police, the woman damaged a fire hydrant on Powell Mill Road when she crashed in front of Jesse Bobo Elementary School around 3 a.m., and her car ended up about 100 feet from the roadway.

Evidence at the scene indicates that the woman drove through the fire hydrant and knocked it 100 feet from where it was mounted. Police say that the car was smoking from under the hood when they arrived, and the car had three flat tires as a result of the crash. It was reported that the woman had a blood alcohol content level of .17 percent, which is more than double the legal limit in the state.

A charge of driving under the influence of alcohol can lead to serious consequences. Even for a first-offense, a driver could face time in jail, a fine and a driver's license suspension. Penalties could also include the installation of an ignition interlock device in the driver's car and alcohol monitoring on a daily basis. In addition, it may be possible for a driver to be sentenced to alcohol education classes or probation in addition to jail time.

A DUI defense attorney could determine if a blood or breath test was improperly administered or if the machine used for the test was not properly calibrated. The attorney might also find out if the driver had a medical condition that led to a crash or that the vehicle that the driver was in suffered a flat tire or another mechanical malfunction that caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle. This may cause the prosecution to reduce the charge.

Source: Go Upstate, "Greer woman charged with DUI", June 27, 2014

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