Rock Hill Police File DWI and other Charges Against Driver After Vehicle Chase

A Rock Hill man has fled from Winthrop University police after crashing his vehicle into a flower bed just after midnight.  Before the incident, police observed the car swerve in and out of lanes near Cherry Road, and after the officers signaled their blue lights, the driver continued to swerve turning on Lister Street, onto Drake Court, and back onto Lister Street.

The driver continued to speed throughout the streets of Rock Hill, eventually running off the road, colliding with a curb, and demolishing a wood-framed flower bed.  The offender was reported to have been slurring his speech with blood-shot eyes; the telltale signs of a drunk driver.  Further, when the man was brought to the police station, a penny was found in his mouth, which is typically used to elude a breath-test.

The man is being charged with driving under the influence, failure to stop for a blue light, driving under suspension, and resisting arrest.  So, if you or a loved one has been charged with DWI, or a drinking related charge, call the law offices of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower, LLP for a confidential consultation.  You can reach our Charlotte office at 704-499-9000.  Also, people charged in South Carolina may call us at our Baxter Village office in Fort Mill, South Carolina at 803-548-4444, or toll-free at 877-374-5999.

Truck Collision Results in Death of One

A 57-year-old Richland County, South Carolina man has died from injuries after a collision with acred02 tractor-trailer.  The man died around 1:20 p.m. after being brought to Palmetto Health Richland hospital after being injured in a wreck that occurred on Bluff Road around 11:50 a.m., according to the Highway Department.

The man was driving his truck west when he swerved to avoid traffic, crossed the center line where his vehicle ultimately struck in the right rear by a Kenworth tractor trailer.  After the collision, the truck struck a ditch, and the driver, who was allegedly not wearing his seatbelt, was taken to the hospital.  He died a few hours later.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, call the law offices of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower, LLP.  You can contact our Baxter Village office in Fort Mill, South Carolina at 803-548-4444, or toll-free at 877-374-5999.

Man Suspected of Felony DUI Released from Jail After Bond was Initially Denied

A Lexington, South Carolina man, who was accused of striking and killing another manPersonal Injury Attorney while he was walking down Lake Murray Boulevard this past January, has just been released from jail. This occurred about a week after the judge denied his bond, which was denied the day following the accident. 

The man was released on a bond that was set at $250,000, when a Lexington County judge ruled that this amount would be sufficient, according to court records.  Further, his conditional release stipulates that the man does not have any contact with the victim’s family, he must submit to random drug tests, and he must stay within a close proximity to Columbia, South Carolina.

The driver is employed as a Family Practice physician in Lexington.  When officers inquired as to what caused him to hit the victim, he replied that he was swerving; and, that he blacked out, like narcolepsy, as he was trying to get home.  This is according to the incident report.  The man further stated that he had not been drinking that evening, although the officers report that his eyes were “bloodshot, watery, and droopy.”

After this, police had the man engage in a series of field sobriety tests, of which he allegedly performed poorly.  However, alcohol was not present in the breath-test.  He was taken to the Lexington Medical Center for further testing. 

If you or a loved one has been charged with driving under the influence, or driving under the influence with great bodily injury or death, you must contact competent legal representation.  The results of the drug and alcohol tests above have not been released to the public.  If they come back negative, the man may have been being truthful when he stated that he was suffering from a form of narcolepsy.  However, if they come back positive, he will likely be charged with DUI resulting in death, which can carry a stiff sentence.

Call the law offices of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower, LLP if you have any questions regarding a pending DUI charge in South Carolina.  You can reach our Baxter Village office located in Fort Mill, South Carolina at 803-548-4444, or toll-free at 877-374-4444.  We will be pleased to assist you in any way we can.

Two Early Morning Columbia Car Accidents; One Results in DUI, The Other in a Death

A man was killed in a single-car accident on Saturday, March, 2; and, another early-morning car accident resulted in power outages and amy car
gas leak.  The first man who was killed died after a wreck on Farrow Road at about 4:00 a.m.  His vehicle flew from the road at an excessive speed, broke through a utility pole, and ran into a tree.  He died at the scene.

The second accident, which occurred on the other side of town, resulted in a 47-year-old man striking a power line cable and a gas line causing power outages in the area, according to the Columbia Police Department.  The roads were closed while the repairs were made, and the man was charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance, driving on a suspended license, and operating an uninsured vehicle.

Generally drivers who occupy the roads in the very late evening, or early morning are either working the night shift, visiting someone in the hospital, or unfortunately oftentimes are driving under the influence.  It is generally good policy to stay away from the roads, if possible, in the extremely early morning hours.  If you happen to be intoxicated, there is an increased likelihood that you will be stopped by the police, and if you are not intoxicated, you may be more susceptible to become a victim of a drunken driving accident.

At Reeves, Aiken & Hightower, LLP, we recommend that you never get behind the wheel of a vehicle while intoxicated; also, we recommend to never get in a car where the driver has been drinking.  The likelihood of something terrible happening as a result is vastly increased, and you do not want to become part of the increased DUI, and DUI related accident statistics in South Carolina.

If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI, or Felony DUI, we can help you.  Call our Baxter Village law office located in Fort Mill, South Carolina at toll-free 877-374-5999.  However, in the meantime, be careful on the roads!

Police Officer Charged with DUI after Falling Asleep at a Red-light

Police Car CloseupColumbia, South Carolina Highway Patrol charged a Columbia Police officer with DUI after troopers say he was found asleep behind the wheel of his vehicle while parked at a traffic light.  This took place around 2:00 a.m. when officers came across the vehicle on Leesburg Road.  The driver was sound asleep.

The officers were called to the scene, and after some time were eventually able to wake the man up, and get him out of his car.  They found that he was an off-duty, Columbia police officer.  He was charged with DUI, and will be suspended without pay during the investigation.

There are certain crimes that do not affect people from all walks of life.  Not everybody will burglarize a house, or steal a car; however, we have found that people in every profession has been known to get behind the wheel of a vehicle while intoxicated.  There is no problem with light drinking here and there, if you don’t suffer from substance abuse.  However, it is wrong to put other people in peril by getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after alcohol consumption.

One of the major duties of a police officer is to keep the roads safe from drunk drivers.  More accidents occur each year in the State of South Carolina, and one of the major factors contributing to such accidents is intoxicated drivers.  It is the job of the police officers within the state to keep these people off the roads.  But, when the officer makes the decision to drink without a plan for a ride home, they are exposed to a potential DUI charge.  Alcohol works to lower the inhibitions of the person consuming, and even if your job depends on sober driving, the more intoxicated you get, the more likely you are to get behind the wheel of your car.

At Reeves, Aiken & Hightower, LLP, we understand that anyone can potentially get a DUI, and we are here to help you through the process.  If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI or Felony DUI, call us at our Baxter Village location in Fort Mill, South Carolina at 803-548-4444, or toll free at 877-374-5999.