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South Carolina director resigns after drunk driving arrest

A South Carolina official resigned just hours after being stopped by state troopers on Jan. 31 on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. The man, who had been the director of the Department of Transportation, reportedly registered a blood alcohol content of 0.20 percent, which is higher than the legal limit. Within hours after the drunk driving arrest, the man had submitted his resignation to the governor.

Authorities report that the man was respectful and composed throughout the process. Officers who stopped the man said that he was driving erratically, crossing over lane lines several times. They also said the man smelled of alcohol. A dashboard camera shows one of the officers returning to his vehicle to notify his supervisor about the arrest of a "political figure."

The video then shows the man performing some field sobriety tests. Those included eye tests and heel-to-toe walking tests. The man was also required to balance on one leg. News reports said the man seemed to have difficulty balancing on one leg for the required period of time.

Even though the man requested not to be handcuffed, the trooper said the policy applies to everyone who is arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. He was later released from custody during the afternoon hours on Jan. 31; the arrest occurred at about 8 a.m. on Interstate 20.

Politicians and celebrities sometimes face drunk driving charges, too. No one arrested for drunk driving is automatically considered guilty. These defendants may sometimes benefit from the advice provided by a defense attorney. A defense lawyer may be able to use resources to seek a possible positive outcome for their clients in criminal court.

Source: The Associated Press, "Video shows DUI arrest of ex-SCDOT director (updated with new video)" Seanna Adcox, Feb. 03, 2014

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