South Carolina officer accused of DUI and refusing breath test

South Carolina officer accused of DUI and refusing breath test

On behalf of Aaron & Aaron, Attorneys at Law posted in Breath Test Refusal on Friday, November 23, 2012.

A 28-year-old South Carolina police officer was fired from the Rock Hill Police Department just two days after being arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence. Now, not only is he out of work, he also has to deal with being charged with DUI and allegedly refusing to take a breath test.

The 28-year-old was arrested early on Sunday morning. Police officers who arrested him claim the man was driving around 1:20 a.m., and was off duty, when his vehicle bottomed out while going over railroad tracks. After bottoming out, the vehicle crossed the center line and the fog line. This was enough of a reason for a police officer to pull him over.

Once pulled over, officers claimed they could smell alcohol. The 28-year-old was ordered through several field sobriety tests before being arrested. He supposedly also refused to submit to a breath test that would have determined what his blood alcohol content was.

In this case, it's important to note that even though the South Carolina police officer was fired from his department after the arrest, he has still not been found guilty of any crime. Even though he is facing DUI accusations, he is still innocent until proven guilty and there is always the chance he will attempt to defend against these charges in court.

For the average South Carolina resident, what this recent arrest goes to show is that it does not matter what a person does for a living, as anyone can end up being arrested for DUI.

In these types of cases, it's important to contact an attorney who has experience handling DUI-related charges. This attorney will be able to explain the different legal options that may be available, depending on the circumstances of the case.

Source: GantDaily.com, "South Carolina cop arrested, fired after getting DUI," Raquel Erhard, Nov. 20, 2012

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