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Deputy injured in South Carolina DUI accident

A deputy from Spartanburg County was injured in an Aug. 30 head-on car accident. The early morning crash occurred on Highway 221 when a 23-year-old Spartanburg man collided with the deputy's vehicle. The deputy reportedly suffered whiplash and a slight concussion as well as road rash due to the air bags in his vehicle. Reports do not mention where the man was evaluated for his injuries, but he is said to be recovering at his home.

The other driver is facing first-offense drunk driving charges. He was also charged with a tire violation and with violating a county ordinance. Reports do not indicate what the man's blood alcohol content level may have been nor what method was used to determine his level of impairment. The man was released on personal recognizance.

Information about the man's legal representation has not been provided. With this being a first offense charge, it may be possible for a lawyer assisting the man to seek minimized penalties in exchange for community service, special classes or other counseling programs. In a similar case, a lawyer may first want to explore the steps taken by officials during a defendant's testing and detention to be sure that the facts presented are accurate and that the defendant's civil rights have been upheld.

The outcome of a suspected drunk driving case cannot be predicted, but working with an experienced lawyer may allow for a defendant to receive fair treatment during proceedings. Because some methods of evaluating intoxication may not be reliable, it may be possible to dismiss or counter evidence collected through a questionable method.

Source: WISTV, "Officers: Deputy Hurt in DUI Crash, Suspect in Custody", Dal Kalsi, August 30, 2014

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