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Man charged with DUI after striking daughter with car

A South Carolina driver is facing serious drunk driving charges after he allegedly struck his daughter with a minivan. The man, age 49, is accused of DUI, along with assault and battery and malicious injury to property. In addition, the man was driving on a suspended license, according to arresting officers, and he may also have had an open container of alcohol in his vehicle. The defendant is also mounting a criminal defense against allegations of providing false information to police officers, who observed that he was not wearing a seat belt at the time of his arrest.

Authorities report the young woman and her father got into an altercation before he struck her with the vehicle. She was initially riding in the minivan with her father as they argued; when he struck her, she got out of the vehicle and attempted to walk away. Instead of simply driving off, however, the defendant in this case is accused of pointing the wheel toward his daughter and punching the gas. The man's daughter said she was struck from behind, with part of the vehicle crushing her waist and back during the collision.

The victim was initially taken to a Spartanburg home, where paramedics fetched her for transportation to a hospital. At that time, the minivan suspected of causing the crash drove by the scene where deputies were investigating the hit-and-run incident. One of the deputies got in his vehicle and gave chase. When he pulled the car over, though, the driver was a heavyset woman and the man was in the passenger seat. They admitted to changing places after having seen the officers.

The man's blood alcohol content was reportedly measured at 0.13 percent at the time of the collision.

Even though the man is accused of committing a heinous act by striking his daughter with a car, he cannot be presumed guilty until the criminal process has weighed the evidence. DUI defendants do not deserve to be stigmatized before the justice system has completed the legal process. These defendants can learn more about their rights and courtroom responsibilities by consulting qualified criminal defense attorneys.

www.foxcarolina.com, "Deputies: Drunk driver hit daughter with minivan" Casey Vaughn, Oct. 17, 2013

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