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South Carolina Councilman Charged with DUI

A York County, South Carolina Council member was arrested last week, and held at the Moss Justice Center after an incident that included an open bottle of Crown Royal found within his car.  The man allegedly registered over a .10 after breathing into the breath-test, according to the York County Sheriff’s report.  The next morning he was released on his own recognizance.

The incident took place around midnight when a York County Sheriff Deputy noticed a Toyota Corolla swerving several times as he traveled north on Chester Highway.  When the deputy pulled the man over, he found an open whiskey bottle in the man’s passenger seat, according to the report.

The man initially told the officer that he had consumed a couple of beers; however, when the bottle of whiskey was found the man stated rock hill 5that he may have consumed more than he had thought.  When he was administered field-sobriety tests, his speech was allegedly slurred, and he did not count correctly, according to the officer.  Further, his breath-test registered .03 over the legal limit.

The man stated that he was at an “after hours” event, had a couple of beers at the event, and then stated that he stopped to purchase a small bottle of liquor.  The man has no prior criminal history in South Carolina.  Further, he has recently lost his father, which is apparently the underlying cause of his drinking.

As we have stated in many previous blog pages, anybody is susceptible to a DUI charge.  It is difficult for one to judge just how much they have consumed; therefore, it is important to know your own limitations. If you do not know your limitations, you may end up with a DUI on your record.  At Reeves, Aiken & Hightower, LLP we recommend that you never drive after consuming any amount of alcohol just to be safe.  However, if you do, make sure you do so within the confines of your personal limitations, which is typically one or two drinks.

We handle DUI cases in South Carolina, and DWI cases in North Carolina.  Therefore, if you or a loved one has been charged in one of these states, schedule a consultation with us.  You can reach our Baxter Village office located in Fort Mill, South Carolina at 803-548-4444, or our Charlotte, North Carolina office at 704-499-9000.  Further you can contact us toll-free at 877-374-5999.  We will be pleased to assist you.