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Mount Pleasant Police Officer Arrested on DUI Charges

A Mount Pleasant police officer found himself in the hot seat after crashing his personal vehicle in Georgetown County on Saturday, March 3rd. Major Frank Riccio, the department’s second-in-command, was arrested for DUI after his Jeep veered off the left side of the road and then crashed into the median before overturning. The accident took place around 2:00 that Saturday afternoon. Riccio was then arrested on suspicion of Driving under the Influence. The 51-year-old had been with the department for 29 years and has since … [Read more...]

Man Wearing Only Underwear Charged with DUI after Crash Involving Police Vehicle

In a strange chain of events, a man is left under arrest charged with DUI after crashing into a police officer wearing nothing but his underwear. It happened this past weekend in Chicago. Police were alerted to a man possibly driving drunk in an alley in the city’s Northwest Side, according Chicago Tribune on Sunday. Police believe the man thought the alley was a through street. The suspect was identified as 24 year-old Aresenio Garcia of Chicago. Garcia drove the wrong way down a one-way street eventually crashing into a police vehicle … [Read more...]

Woman Sues Bar After Underage DUI Crash Left Her Paralyzed

South Carolina DUI Lawyers A 20-year-old woman , who chose to drink and drive is suing Jock's Sport Grill, located in Blufton, SC, for not checking her ID. According to reports, the woman, who was twenty and therefore underage at the time, spent several hours at the bar drinking with friends and playing pool.  Instead of calling a cab, the woman attempted to drive herself home at approximately 1:00 AM the next morning.  On the way home, she drove her car off of the road resulting in a car crash  that left her paralyzed. The woman, now … [Read more...]

Ex-Miss USA charged with DUI

South Carolina DUI Lawyers According to a police report released yesterday, Detroit police say former Miss USA Rima Fakih was speeding and weaving through traffic with an uncorked, half-empty bottle of champagne and a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit when she was arrested in the Detroit enclave of Highland Park. The 26-year-old was pulled over early Saturday going 60 mph, weaving in heavy traffic and changing lanes without using a turn signal. The arresting officer said the traffic stop happened about 2:15 … [Read more...]

Man Gets DUI While Wearing “I’m a Drunk” T-Shirt

South Carolina DUI Lawyers Talk about seeing the future. According to the Smoking Gun website, a New York motorist wearing an “I'm Not An Alcoholic, I'm A Drunk.  Alcoholics go to meetings” t-shirt was arrested last week for drunk driving after he wrecked into a police car. Kevin Daly, 22, was arrested after crashing his 2000 Saturn into a police vehicle on County Road 83 in Suffolk County. Authorities say the officer in the cruiser was not seriously injured in the 1:45 AM crash.  Ironically, the officer Mr. Daly ran into was assigned to … [Read more...]

Drunk Driver Crashes Into Helicopter

South Carolina DUI Lawyers We write a lot of Drunk Driving articles here at the Strom Law Firm, but this one is near the top. Two drunk-driving accidents took place over the weekend that injured three people, killed another, and produced one of the worst statements we've ever heard from a drunk driver. The first accident occurred at 1:30 A.M. on Sunday morning outside of Palestine, Texas. According to the Houston Press, the suspect was driving under the influence, crossed the center of the road, and crashed into an oncoming … [Read more...]

Mother and Daughter Arrested For DUI One Hour Apart

South Carolina DUI Lawyers Although it occurred over the summer, this is one news story worth sharing.  It really does validate the statement "Like mother like daughter." In Idaho, in the span of an hour, a woman and her daughter were both arrested for drunken driving. After 28-year-old Alisha Gardner was arrested around 11 p.m. Saturday July 18th in Idaho Falls.  Ms. Gardner's mother, who ironically came to the jail to pick up her daughter's dog, soon found herself behind bars as well. Authorities say a  sheriff's officer pulled the … [Read more...]

DUI Penalties

South Carolina DUI Lawyers South Carolina DUI Penalties by Offense If you are over 21 and you are convicted of DUI, your blood alcohol level (BAC) will be used to dictate the severity of your sentence for each type of offense (first DUI offense, second DUI offense, etc.).  Keep in mind that the fines set forth below will more than double when you add in court costs and fees. Penalties for First DUI Offense: Contact us for help reducing or fighting the following DUI penalties. Legal consequences are listed by ascending blood alcohol … [Read more...]

SC College Student Dies in Dorm after Drinking Incident

South Carolina DUI Lawyers Underage drinking on South Carolina college campuses is extremely common.  Unfortunatly, in a lot of situations it ends in tragedy. Just recently, a gifted athlete attending college in South Carolina was found unresponsive in a dorm room after eating pizza and drinking alcoholic beverages. The student allegedly choked on the food that he was eating,  was transported to a local hospital, and died when the medical staff was unable to revive him. The county coroner confirmed that the student had been drinking, … [Read more...]

Truth About Field Sobriety Tests

South Carolina DUI Lawyers Can I be Arrested for Failing an FST? Field sobriety tests (FSTs) were created to help law enforcement gauge the relative sobriety or intoxication of a driver, and cannot be used to determine blood alcohol level. However, a police officer who has pulled a suspicious motorist or who is working a sobriety checkpoint can request a battery of field sobriety tests in determining probable cause of an arrest and the use of an evidentiary alcohol test. If you’ve been arrested and charged with a DUI based on your … [Read more...]