Today your Charleston negligence attorney took note of an article coming from the South Carolina Upstate in which a Greenville man was sentenced after pleading guilty to felony driving under the influence in connection to a fatal car accident. The accident occurred back in January 2011 when the 34-year-old man drove his wife's SUV off the side of a road in Cleveland, SC--located about 20 miles from Greenville, SC. The Travelers Rest Tribune reported that after driving off the road the man proceeded down a steep embankment and struck several trees, causing serious injury to passenger. Once the vehicle came to a stop, the man fled the scene leaving the vehicle's passenger still buckled in his seat. A passing motorist noticed the wrecked vehicle and had the good sense to dial 911, but, unfortunately, the passenger in the SUV was found deceased upon the arrival of EMS.
The man's departure from the scene of the accident reportedly led emergency personnel to believe the driver of the vehicle had been ejected from the SUV. Subsequent investigation by troopers of the South Carolina Highway Patrol, however, found that the crashed vehicle was registered to the driver's wife. An open container of beer and milk jug smelling strongly of some undisclosed type of alcohol were found inside the wrecked SUV. According to reports, an unidentified man came to the scene of the drunk driving accident and informed authorities that the driver-in-question had approached him earlier at his home, and solicited a ride to his own.
Authorities were able to apprehend the drunk driver after his wife brought him back to the scene of the accident. Authorities took note of the smell of alcohol about his person, and scrapes on his face, according to The Travelers Rest Tribune, prior to the man admitting he was the driver of the crashed SUV. The man was transported by EMS to a local emergency room, where a blood sample revealed marijuana metabolites and a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.111--well in excess of the legal limit of 0.08.