A 29-year-old West Ashley man faces drunk driving charges after a hit-and-run accident on March 25. The accident occurred before 2 a.m. at Savannah Highway when the man drove a Kia Forte south until attempting to turn left into oncoming traffic at Arlington Drive.
Bluffton police say that a local man on a moped was driving unsafely on Buckwalter Parkway. The man was said to be swerving and traveling across the lanes and falling off his moped. After pulling over the man, he was detained.
The chief of staff for South Carolina's lieutenant governor was arrested and charged with DUI on Jan. 31. Columbia Police said they pulled over the staffer around 12:41 a.m.
A Bluffton pediatrician faces three charges of DUI, child endangerment and having open containers of beer and liquor in his vehicle. The 45-year-old was traveling with his daughter in the passenger seat of his pickup truck on Dec. 13. An officer approached the truck, which was stopped on a green light at a Charleston intersection, an allegedly found the physician asleep at the wheel.
The assistant principal at a South Carolina high school is facing DUI charges after she was stopped by authorities on Dec. 20, according to reports. Witnesses claim that they found the woman passed out in her SUV in a Summerville bar parking lot, and they say that she drove away when they woke her. A police officer who arrived on the scene said she was unable to catch up with the woman at the time.
A South Carolina football player was accused of driving drunk after police allegedly found him sleeping in a drive-thru on Nov. 23. Police say Tyler Thigpen, a former quarterback for the Coastal Carolina University Chanticleers, was found asleep behind the wheel of his vehicle while parked in the drive-thru of a Wendy's restaurant in Myrtle Beach. He was ultimately charged for DUI.
South Carolina drivers should be aware that they run the risk of being pulled over if they make the decision to drink and drive. In many cases, they may face certain tests that are conducted by officers to determine if they may be too impaired to drive. There are three main tests that authorities use to determine if someone may be under the influence of alcohol: the horizontal gaze nystagmus, or HGN, the walk-and-turn and the one-leg stand.
A May 2013 drunk driving charge against a South Carolina legislator was dismissed by a judge during a hearing on Oct. 29. According to reports, the judge decided to drop the charge because police did not read him his rights on camera as is required under state law. However, the legislator is still facing drunk driving and weapons charges from 2012.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol claims that a Spartanburg County high school teacher and athletic coach was under the influence of alcohol when she drove seven students to a track meet on Sept. 26. The 42-year-old woman has been charged with child endangerment and DUI. The incident occurred on Interstate 26 in North Charleston.
A 52-year-old man in South Carolina is facing felony DUI charges as a result of a fatal car crash that happened in Seneca on Sept. 6. The crash involved five cars and a total of seven people. A married couple was killed in the accident, and four other people were injured.