If a driver in South Carolina is pulled over under suspicion of DUI, the police may no longer administer a blood-alcohol test without permission or a warrant in most cases. This is due to a recent ruling from the Supreme Court where a man was given a blood test without his permission or a warrant, and two lower courts threw out the evidence because of it. The Supreme Court upheld the lower courts ruling stating that the dissipation of alcohol in someone's blood stream is not sufficient to override the requirement that police get a warrant before subjecting someone to a blood test. In the case in question, a man was pulled over after a police officer observed the man speeding and swerving. The man had two drunk driving convictions and failed several field sobriety tests. After he refused to take a breath test, the police officer took him to a hospital for a blood test but did not obtain a warrant to do so.
A Greenville man faces multiple charges after allegedly driving though a parking garage's exit arm, driving off the road, onto a sidewalk and into a tree before continuing to drive with a missing tire and striking another vehicle. After striking the tree, the man reportedly turned the wrong way down a one-way street and struck a car before finally coming to a stop. After tracing his route, police believe that he also struck two cars in a parking garage and the garage pay booth before driving through the exit arm. His charges include driving under the influence, two counts of third-degree assault and battery, hit-and-run with minor injury and another unspecified driving offense. These drunk driving charges are extremely serious and could have long-lasting consequences for the accused if he is found guilty in a court of law.
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.
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 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.
On Jan. 10, a South Carolina state trooper stopped a swerving vehicle on the suspicion that the driver may have been intoxicated. The driver turned out to work for the South Carolina Department of Safety as the chief of the Office of Professional Responsibility. The man argued with the officer, refused to participate in field sobriety tests and was handcuffed as a result.The driver eventually took and passed the field sobriety tests. He was not charged with driving under the influence. However, the Department of Public Safety fired the driver for his conduct during the police stop. The department has a code of ethics that requires its employees to behave with courtesy and integrity.
A 27-year-old Hanahan woman was arrested and charged with felony DUI in late January after being involved in a deadly accident in Charleston County. The woman is now facing several drunk driving charges, including felony DUI with great bodily injury and felony DUI with death, according to a news report.The accident resulted in the death of a 35-year-old Charleston man and the injuries of several others. The woman would have been charged with a felony even if this had been her first DUI offense. She was already awaiting trial on a previous misdemeanor DUI that she had been charged with one year earlier.