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Police officer arrested for DUI

Even people with the best intentions can make mistakes. Unfortunately, few mistakes have the serious consequences that drunk driving can have. In South Carolina, a driver is illegally operating a vehicle if their blood alcohol level is above the legal limit of .08.

When a person is stopped for suspected drunk driving, a police officer can administer a breath test, field sobriety test or both. A person has the right to refuse these tests, but a refusal can be used against the person in court.

A Cheraw Police Officer has recently been arrested and charged with driving under the influence after he allegedly refused to take both a breath test and a field sobriety test. According to other police officers, they received a call about a car in a parking lot acting suspiciously.

When they went to investigate, the officers allegedly discovered that the car was an undercover police vehicle. After stopping the patrol car, they claim that the police officer was drunk. The officer in the car was arrested and brought to jail after refusing to take the tests.

He was soon fired from his job and charged with the DUI. The officer faces jail time and other serious consequences if convicted.

However, the police chief has said that this officer needs to be held to a higher standard because he is a public official. On the other hand, under the law, this officer has the same protections as anyone facing a DUI. There are constitutional protections in place no matter where someone works or what they may have been doing. This police officer is innocent until proven guilty and should be treated accordingly.

Source: WPDE, "Police officer charged with DUI while in his patrol car," Tonya Brown, June 3, 2012

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