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Police say man verbally threatened them during DUI arrest

Police in Allentown, South Carolina, arrested a 26-year-old man last Sunday on drunk driving charges, but allegedly the traffic stop quickly escalated to verbal violence. The man was pulled over on suspicion of DUI in downtown Allentown at approximately 3:12 a.m. Allegedly, the man failed to stop at a red traffic signal and his motor vehicle lights were off.

When the arresting officer got closer to the man, he allegedly smelled like alcohol. Police say they also found two alcohol containers in the man's vehicle. Next, officers allege that the man became belligerent and would not submit to a field sobriety test.

The situation then escalated to verbal violence, according to police. Allegedly, the man made derogatory comments about the arresting officer and directed vulgar language at him. Police say that the man said he hoped that the officer would die and that he would do his best to make sure that happened.

Police arrested the South Carolina man on the spot and transported him to the Lehigh County DUI Center. There, he allegedly would not submit to alcohol tests, by refusing a blood alcohol test. The man was ultimately charged with multiple crimes relating to DUI and his aggressive language. He has been charged with terroristic threats, failure to stop at a red light, drunk driving, driving on a suspended license and driving without headlights. As of last reports, he was being held on bail of $100,000.

Clearly, this man's criminal case has been made considerably worse by his alleged refusal to work with police officers and by his alleged vulgar language and threats directed at police. However, he will still be entitled to defend himself against the DUI and other allegations in court. Those who are accused of multiple crimes may be able to get some or all of their crimes dismissed through the use of various criminal defense techniques. Alternatively, individuals may choose to enter into a plea bargain agreement with prosecutors, where they plead guilty to certain charges in exchange for getting other charges dropped and/or getting a reduction in punishments.

Source: mcall.com, "Man threatens officer during drunken driving stop in Allentown" Manuel Gamiz, Jr., Nov. 18, 2014

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