A Charleston, South Carolina man has been charged with DUI following an incident where two police officers were injured. This unfortunate turn of events took place around 9:30 PM Tuesday when the 65-year-old driver ran a red light at the intersection of I-526 and Sam Rittenburg Blvd. The dodge truck the man was driving was struck by the Charleston Police vehicle, and both officers were transported to the Medical University of South Carolina by EMS. The driver was also taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries he sustained as a result of the collision.
It was found that the 65-year-old was under the influence at the time of the accident, and he is being charged with DUI, among other charges.
This will likely result in a felony DUI issued to the driver. A felony DUI charge in South Carolina requires that the person be proven to have: (1) operated a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol or both, (2) did something else against the law, whether traffic law or duties imposed by the court, for example, failed to maintain lane or acted negligently, and (3) proximately causes great bodily injury or death to a person other than himself, including passengers, pedestrians, and other motorists.
Here, all three of the factors necessary for felony DUI would be present; therefore, the driver will likely face these additional charges. If you or a loved one has been charged with DUI or felony DUI in South Carolina, contact the law offices of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower, LLP for a confidential consultation. You can reach us at 803-548-4444, or toll-free at 877-374-5999.