There was some confusion last weekend in Mt. Pleasant, when a concerned neighbor heard a car crash outside of her neighborhood and alerted the police; yet when the police got to the scene, there was no one on the wrecked vehicle.
Apparently, the Mount Pleasant Police Department was called to the scene by the resident, and found a 2002 BMW flipped on its top next to the wooded area in the neighborhood. The vehicle was completely totaled, but no one was in the car to give their account of the accident.
The officers were able to track to license plate of the vehicle and found the man whom it belonged to. They went to his home around 1:30 a.m., which was on the same road as the concerned citizen who contacted the police initially.
When the police knocked on the door, a man came to answer, and appeared to of been sleeping at the time. The man admitted that he did in fact own the car, but stated that he was not driving the car. The officers attempted to continue to question him, but he kept rejecting them saying ” I don’t want to say anything about that.”
They then asked if he had any children old enough to drive, and again he responded that he did not want to make any statements. The police persisted and stated that the Medics were on the way, and wanted to make sure everyone was well.
The man just said he and his son were both “okay.” The officers finally left the residence, handing the man their card and telling him that if he changed his mind, he could call the station. Moreover, they told him they were towing his car to their impound lot, so he knew where he could find it.
After doing an inventory search of the damaged car, the police found college textbooks, and multiple empty beer cans throughout the vehicle, and even some on the street way. After that, the evidence linked up that the son must of been driving under the influence at a reckless speed, and when he veered off the side of the road, he hit an embankment and flipped the vehicle.
Luckily, there were no serious injuries in this accident, although the son is being charged with a DUI, and leaving the scene of an accident.
“Driving under the influence” (DUI) laws in South Carolina are certainly tough but are also fair. As an experienced SC DUI law firm, we understand and appreciate the serious dangers of truly drunk drivers behind the wheel. However, our clients are individuals who had a drink with dinner or a few beers with friends. They are fine to drive but have been caught up the current DUI quest to seemingly arrest anyone with “alcohol on their breath.”
If you or someone you know has been charged with this crime, contact the law offices of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower, LLP toll-free at 877-374-5999. We proudly and aggressively defend those persons who have been falsely charged with a DUI arrest in the Mount Pleasant Area.