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Traffic stop results in charges of DUI and child endangerment

A South Carolina man is facing charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and child endangerment after being pulled over in Kershaw County on Aug. 4. The Lugoff resident was taken into custody, and the children were released to relatives.

The traffic stop occurred around U.S Route 1 and Lachicotte Road. According to a highway patrol representative, the 51-year-old man was stopped after a trooper suspected drunk driving. Three juveniles were also present, one identified as the man's own child. All three were turned over to their respective parents after the incident.

According to police records, the man was unable to complete a field sobriety test or a breath test to determine blood alcohol levels at the scene. The man was taken to a detention center in Kershaw County at about 10:30 p.m. Besides being charged with DUI and child endangerment, the man is charged with driving without a license.

Drunk driving charges in South Carolina carry significant penalties, and the presence of juveniles in the vehicle, as in this situation, adds to the complexity of the case. According to laws that address child endangerment in South Carolina, a driver is in violation of this law if they are over 18 years of age and have one or more children under 16 in the vehicle.

A driver in a similar situation may benefit from an attorney's guidance. The attorney may check police records to ensure that proper protocol was followed to support the charge. There are health reasons as to why a driver may fail a field sobriety test. If errors exist, an attorney may ask that the charge of drunk driving be reduced or dropped.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 'Motor Vehicle Statutes That Address Child Endangerment - South Carolina"

Source: WISTV, "Man driving 3 kids charged with DUI, child endangerment", Jason Old, August 06, 2014

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