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South Carolina driver arrested after fleeing DUI accident

A 29-year-old South Carolina man was arrested on drunk driving charges early last Wednesday. Police charged him with hit-and-run relating to a car crash that left his friend injured. The man faces charges of second offense DUI, driving with a suspended license and fleeing an accident involving injuries.

Fortunately, the 27-year-old man that was injured did not suffer catastrophic injuries. He was treated at a local hospital and released the following day. The arrested driver also escaped injury, but his criminal record, which includes a DUI conviction from another state, did not escape unscathed. Fortunately, though, the driver will not face felony-level DUI charges, which police originally tried to pin on him, because his friend was not injured badly enough.

The injurious accident happened at approximately 2 a.m. on Wednesday after the driver tried to make a left turn into oncoming traffic. The passenger side of the man's vehicle hit a tractor-trailer that was passing by at the same time. The driver tried to run away on foot after the accident by hiding behind a Hardee's fast-food restaurant. Police later located him. The truck driver identified the man as the driver that hit his tractor-trailer.

Later, the allegedly inebriated driver admitted to drinking at a local pub and several other establishments that night. Further, the man allegedly failed a field sobriety test. As of Thursday, he was still being held in jail in lieu of posting a bail payment in the amount of $51,476.50.

South Carolina drivers who are arrested for fleeing the scene of an accident may not actually be guilty of the offense. With a well-thought-out criminal defense, drivers can sometimes cast sufficient doubt on the prosecution's version of the facts in order to prevent conviction relating to a DUI offense and other related crimes.

Source: postandcourier.com, "West Ashley man faces DUI, hit-and-run charges in crash that injured friend," Andrew Knapp, March. 26, 2015

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