The Berkeley County Sheriff was charged with DUI and hit-and run by the South Carolina State Patrol on Dec. 28 following an accident. According to reports, the 63-year-old sheriff allegedly hit a 21-year-old man's car before driving away from the accident scene. The young man was reportedly injured in the accident, but his specific injuries were not reported.
In South Carolina, drivers give implied consent to submit to breath tests when asked to do so. The state allows an investigating officer or an officer who may take a driver into custody to conduct such testing. However, this is only the case when the test is being videotaped. Although tests are to be done as soon as practicable, there is no statute of limitations on when a test may be conducted.
Routine traffic stops can be troubling experiences for some drivers, particularly if they are nervous about failing a breath alcohol test. In South Carolina, a driver is considered too intoxicated to drive when their blood alcohol content is greater than .08 percent. Drivers have the right to refuse to take a breath alcohol test if a police officer asks to perform one; however, there are consequences to refusing a test.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol charged a woman with two counts of felony DUI after a crash in Clarendon County on Aug. 30. The accident on SC 261 killed a 34-year-old man from Manning who suffered chest and neck injuries due to the wreck.
Florence's 12th Judicial Court started a new DUI treatment program for repeat offenders on June 16. The court solicitor said this could make them productive members of society and no longer a public danger.
A woman was charged with DUI after crashing a 2002 Lincoln at Socastee Auto Sales during the evening hours of July 24. The crash reportedly damaged four cars in the lot and caused the Lincoln to catch on fire. According to a reporter present at the scene of the accident, the back of one of the cars had been completely destroyed.
Police took a 23-year-old woman into custody and charged her with DUI on June 27 after they allegedly found her vehicle crashed off a road in Spartanburg. According to police, the woman damaged a fire hydrant on Powell Mill Road when she crashed in front of Jesse Bobo Elementary School around 3 a.m., and her car ended up about 100 feet from the roadway.
A 26-year-old woman was sentenced to six years in prison on May 27 after pleading guilty to a count of felony DUI. She was charged after causing an accident in January of 2013 when her car drifted off the road on Interstate 526. As she attempted to return to the road, her car struck a Jeep being driven by a 35-year-old male.
A 27-year-old man allegedly caused a crash on May 23 that killed a 24-year-old female on Highway 378 in Marion. According to police, the man was driving west on the highway when his vehicle collided head-on with a Mustang being driven by the woman around 1 a.m. The woman died at the scene while a passenger in the Mustang was taken to Grand Strand Medical Center for treatment of what were called serious injuries.
A South Carolina man is facing drunk driving charges after he crashed his car into a Coca-Cola delivery truck. The truck then hit another vehicle, and two people were taken to hospitals with injuries that were not life-threatening.