After being seriously injured in an car accident on Sept. 8, 2012, a former Skydive Carolina skydiving instructor is responding to treatment and is beginning to communicate. The man who injured him is facing felony drunk driving charges after driving the wrong way down Interstate 77 and colliding with the victim head on. The alleged drunk driver is also facing an open container violation.Law students at USC held a party where more than 150 friends and family members of the victim came together to raise money for their injured loved one. Before the accident, the man had participated in over 1,600 jumps from airplanes. At the time of the accident, he had to be taken by helicopter to Palmetto Health Richland where he remained in a coma for some time.
A South Carolina man was involved in a fatal crash with a mother and two children that occurred on Interstate 26. After the crash occurred, the 29-year-old mother was taken to The Medical University of South Carolina and later died. Officials state that there were two children in the car with her: one of whom was not restrained. The children were also taken to the hospital; their conditions as well as their relations to the mother have not been released. The 30-year-old man who was driving the vehicle that hit the woman and two children is accused of drunk driving and was charged with a felony DUI involving death and great bodily injury as well as two counts of child endangerment. The man is being held on a $94,665 bond for drunk driving charges at the Al Cannon Detention Center.
Authorities in Lexington recently charged a 33-year-old businessman with DUI. The arresting officer reported that the man was speeding, ran a red light and nearly drove his vehicle into a pond. The businessman has previously received Lexington Chamber's Young Professional of the Year in 2012.The report indicates that despite being advised he was under arrest for drunk driving charges, the driver was compliant with the officer. After pulling to the side of the road for the traffic stop, the man advised the officer that he had consumed one beer at an event. He failed a series of field sobriety tests and later blew a .23 after submitting to a breathalyzer at the county jail.
A South Carolina municipal judge said that a breath test could not be used as evidence in a court case because the police officer who administered it reportedly gave incorrect instructions during the test. Datamaster is the only machine that police officers can use when giving breath tests in South Carolina, and according to an instructional video, users should not be instructed to blow hard. A police officer reportedly told the person being tested several times to do just that.The Datamaster works by using infrared lights to absorb air that comes out of someone's mouth. How the light absorbs the air is determined by its contents, and the amount of ethanol from alcoholic beverages can be measured. Since the most accurate readings come from deep lung air, officers are instructed to tell people to take deep breaths and blow as long as they can. Because the machine expects a continuous exhalation, blowing harder may produce higher results.
A 52-year-old government official was taken into custody on March 2 for a DUI after his involvement in an accident in Mt. Pleasant, in which he rammed into another car at a red light. The suspect admitted he had some drinks. According to the police report, an officer could smell the odor of alcohol and observed what appeared to be alcohol spots on his clothing. He allegedly struggled as he attempted to do basic tasks and slurred his words. The suspect could not perform field sobriety tests and was taken into custody for a DUI. He would not submit to a breathalyzer test. The suspect, who has served as a government official since 2009, was released without bail on his own recognizance.
A new bill has recently passed the South Carolina Senate that would require DUI first offenders with blood alcohol percentages over .12 to install ignition interlocks on their vehicles. Currently, those convicted of drunk driving charges for a second time are required to install interlock devices. Under the new law, second and subsequent offenses by drivers with BACs of .08 or higher would still be subject to mandated interlocks, but first-time high-level BAC drivers would also fall under the rule.Ignition interlock devices require drivers to blow into a tube that records blood-alcohol level before the car will start. A small camera records the driver's image to be sure that the person blowing into the tube is the intended driver.
A driver from Columbia was charged with a felony driving under the influence after a two-car accident that left another man dead. According to the West Columbia Police Department, the crash occurred at Meeting Street and Sunset Boulevard, and along with the drunk driving charges, the driver was admitted to a hospital for treatment. The victim, who was taken to Lexington Medical Center, succumbed to his injuries. The 26-year-old man was a passenger in one of the vehicles of the crash.
In South Carolina, police and prosecutors take all drunk driving charges seriously--even if a driver is barely over the legal limit and it is his or her first offense. This is why it is always important to seek information about your legal rights after a DUI arrest.
People may think that failing a blood test will automatically result in a conviction. However, that may not always be the case. As is true with all drunk driving cases, certain procedures must be followed in order for evidence to be used in court.
With less additional funding, and more state agencies requesting budget increases, there is a good chance that state troopers in South Carolina are going to have to go back to prosecuting their own drunk driving cases. This is due to the fact that without an additional $1.6 million, the state will most likely not be able to pay DUI prosecutors.