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Bamberg police peg man as reckless driver

Police in Bamberg, South Carolina did not buy into one man's traffic defense and now he faces hefty fines and points on his license.

The authorities attempted to pull over the 22-year man, who they say was traveling at high rates of speed along Hunter's Chapel Road. The man did not initially pull over, but finally did about five miles outside of Bamberg. When approached about his seemingly erratic driving, the motorist explained to the police officer that he was testing out performance modifications that he made to the vehicle.

The vehicle actually did not belong to the driver, but belonged to a woman who was present in the car at the time police pulled it over. The owner was sitting in the passenger's seat and told the officer that she tried to get the man to pull the car over immediately once they saw a police presence.

There are, however, some facts that suggest police might have targeted the car unfairly. Officers had their sights on the car while it was still driving around town. The officers claim that the car was loud and had a headlight out of line, which are non-serious traffic infractions.

Police stated that the driver turned off of U.S. 78 and made his way down Highway 362. In doing so, police say the man screeched his tires. It is one thing to observe a vehicle compromising the safety of the roads, but another thing to continue monitoring a car simply because it is loud.

The man was written up for reckless driving and also charged with improper start from stop and failure to stop. Unlike a speeding ticket, a reckless driving charge can have a devastating effect on a person's driving record.

Source: The Times and Democrat, "Reckless driver says he was checking out car's performance modifications," March 25, 2012

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