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Driver plunges into a pond, accused of drunk driving

Anyone of legal age can drink alcohol in South Carolina. However, operating under the influence is strictly prohibited in all 50 states. It is common knowledge that drinking alcohol and driving do not go together. Many drunk driving accidents are caused by impaired drivers, which is why police officers often set up random traffic stops to ensure the safety of the motorists.

Recently, a police officer saved the driver of a submerged vehicle in Sumter, South Carolina. Based on the report, the police officer saw two vehicles stopped on a bridge with their hazard lights turned on. The officer discovered that there was a vehicle that had plunged into the pond below the bridge. The police officer saved the driver who was trapped inside the vehicle.

The driver was identified as a 38-year-old man. He refused medical treatment following the accident. The driver was apprehended by police and charged with driving under the influence.

Based on the report, the suspected drunk driver did not undergo field sobriety tests or a breath test, which means that the charge was based on the observation of the police officer.

The suspect may be able to fight the charge by establishing a strong defense. However, contesting the charges may be difficult, especially if the suspect does not possess a great deal of knowledge about state laws. However, the accused person may wish to seek legal help from a legal professional who can navigate the legal system, increasing the chances of the case being dismissed.

Without a strong defense, the suspected drunk driver may face serious consequences, such as license revocation, higher insurance premiums, fines and other serious penalties upon conviction. A suspected drunk driver can fight the charges in court or choose to negotiate with the jury.

Source: Enquirerherald.com, "SC officer pulls DUI suspect from underwater car," Jan. 5, 2014

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