Police in Columbia, SC have arrested a man who caused an accident injuring several people late last Saturday night. They say he was driving under the influence, and he is being charged with Felony DUI.
Officers report that the man was under the influence of alcohol when he crashed near an intersection at around 11:30 p.m. Saturday evening. Also according to the officers, the man failed to yield to a car traveling north, colliding with another vehicle causing the man’s car to flip over onto its side.
The man and the four other passengers in the car had to be taken to the hospital where one of the passengers suffered severe injuries. The driver’s physical injuries were not as severe; however his criminal record will be injured.
If you or someone close to you has been involved in an alcohol related accident and have been drinking, it is likely that the charge will be increased to a Felony DUI. A Felony DUI charge in South Carolina requires that the person be proven to have: Operated a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol or both; and, did something else against the law, whether traffic law or duties imposed by the court, for example, failed to maintain lane or acted negligently; and, proximately causes great bodily injury or death to a person other than himself, including passengers, pedestrians, and other motorists.
It is so important to have an attorney who is willing to work for you if you have been charged with a Felony DUI. Call the law offices of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower, LLP for a consultation. You can reach our northern South Carolina office at 803-548-4444, or toll-free at 877-374-5999.