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South Carolina driver facing DUI charges after police chase

A South Carolina man is in custody after allegedly leading officers on an extended vehicle chase while he was intoxicated behind the wheel of a car. The man, age 43, was apprehended on Jan. 12 after allegedly fleeing from police during the drunk driving incident. The man is officially facing charges of resisting arrest, DUI, possession of a stolen vehicle and a variety of other related violations.

This is not the man's first alcohol-related run-in with police officers; he already has two previous DUI convictions. The man was also apparently wanted in connection with several vehicle thefts in other states, and a bench warrant had been issued for his arrest through a family court in Abbeville.

The man may still face extradition to Georgia and Wisconsin in connection with those related crimes.

Authorities say that the man was driving the stolen Nissan Maxima on Highway 5 when he was apprehended. Even though officers activated their lights and sirens, the man continued to flee and almost struck a series of other vehicles. The defendant in the case only stopped after his vehicle struck a guardrail alongside the road. Officers at the scene said the man smelled strongly of alcohol and was injured so badly that he needed medical attention at the scene of the wreck. The man could therefore not perform the required sobriety tests; it is not clear whether a blood-alcohol analysis was obtained in this case.

The driver in this case will face a different set of penalties for his third-offense DUI charge. Those penalties could also increase depending on the man's BAC level, assuming that officers were able to collect a blood or urine sample. A qualified criminal defense attorney can help multiple-DUI defendants learn more about their legal rights and responsibilities, providing them with the information they need to make educated decisions about their cases.

Source: WIS-TV, "Deputies: Wanted man leads cops on drunken chase, argues with judge" Joseph Pereira and Casey Vaughn -, Jan. 15, 2014

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