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South Carolina teacher charged with DUI, child endangerment

A South Carolina elementary school teacher was taken into custody on the morning of Oct. 20 for drunk driving. In addition to drunk driving charges, a report from the South Carolina Department of Public Safety revealed that the woman is facing a child endangerment count after a minor was allegedly found in her vehicle at the time of the incident.

A Lexington County police officer pulled the woman's vehicle over after a caller had alerted authorities that it was being driven in an erratic manner. A dashboard mounted camera in the police vehicle reportedly showed the woman having difficulty maintaining a single lane. Officers say that the woman was taken into custody after performing poorly during field sobriety tests. A subsequent breath test is said to have revealed the woman's blood alcohol level to be .10 percent.

Police claim that the woman admitted to them that she had consumed two glasses of wine during the previous evening. She then allegedly told them that she went to sleep at 10 p.m. There was no immediate response about the incident from the school district, but teachers involved in this type of situation may be placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

Those who drive a vehicle for a living or work with children may face significant professional consequences if they are accused of drunk driving. A criminal defense attorney may help individuals who seek to have their DUI charges reduced or dismissed. An attorney could closely scrutinize blood alcohol evidence to ensure that strict guidelines were followed by law enforcement officers. Additionally, an attorney could argue that breath testing equipment returned misleading results if maintenance was not performed correctly.

Source: The State, "Lexington teacher arrested for DUI, child endangerment on the way to school," Harrison Cahill, Oct. 21, 2014

Source: WCNC.com, "SC teacher arrested for DUI at school", October 21, 2014

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