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WMBF news anchor Michael Maely arrested for alleged drunk driving

Regardless of one's standing in the community, the same laws apply to all in South Carolina. The consequences can be devastating if a conviction is obtained. Michael Maely, the lead anchor for the evening news on WMBF, is facing drunk driving charges after his recent arrest.

Myrtle Beach police reported that Maely was driving a vehicle at a high rate of speed on the U.S. Highway 17 bypass on a recent Saturday morning. It is alleged that his vehicle was clocked at 96 mph. This was said to be in a zone in which the speed limit is 55 mph.

When authorities pulled him over, they found he also had a female passenger in the car. When asked about whether he had consumed any alcohol before driving, the news anchor allegedly admitted to having one beer. Officers claim the man refused to take a Breathalyzer test. He was subjected to a field sobriety test which -- according to the officers -- he failed. At this point he was arrested.

Although any South Carolina driver is entitled to refuse to be subjected to a Breathalyzer test, the consequences may be serious. Any driver who is stopped by officers who suspect impairment may be asked to take a test to determine the individual's blood-alcohol concentration. Refusing such a test may lead to a driver's license suspension. The most appropriate steps to take for any driver suspected or accused of drunk driving is to retain the services of an experienced criminal law attorney to advocate on his or her behalf. A skilled lawyer may be able to limit the severity of the penalties in the event of a conviction.

Source:, "Myrtle Beach TV Anchor Likes To Party", Sept. 14, 2016

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