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Man arrested for DUI and urinating on police officer

A South Carolina man was arrested on Aug. 14 for allegedly urinating on a police officer in Union. The incident occurred at around 3:15 a.m.

According to authorities, a Union police officer was dispatched to Lee Street to investigate a reported car accident. The officer encountered a male suspect, who allegedly smelled like alcohol and admitted to drinking under questioning. The officer attempted to give the man field sobriety tests, but he reportedly refused to cooperate and demanded to be taken straight to jail.

Once at the Union Public Safety headquarters, the suspect continued to be uncooperative. He became belligerent and said he needed to use the restroom. According to the police report, he then stood up from his chair, unzipped his pants and urinated on the officer. Afterward, he refused to submit to a Breathalyzer test. He was charged with DUI, driving with a suspended license and throwing bodily fluids.

Those convicted of DUI in South Carolina could face a number of harsh penalties, including heavy fines, jail time, an automatic driver's license suspension and a sharp increase in auto insurance premiums. However, with the help of a criminal defense attorney, it may be possible to get drunk driving charges reduced or dismissed and protect a defendant's future. For example, an attorney could challenge any Breathalyzer or field sobriety tests submitted into evidence, which could lead to a dismissal of charges if successful. In other circumstances, it may be possible to negotiate with prosecutors for a plea bargain that mitigates the most serious charges and penalties in exchange for a guilty plea. Those arrested on DUI charges could find out more about their legal options by contacting an attorney as soon as possible.

Source: WISH TV, "Man accused of urinating on a police officer in South Carolina," Aug. 15, 2016

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