Since September, two Horry County, South Carolina, school district officials have been arrested on charges of driving under the influence.
In September, the District 1 school board member was arrested after she allegedly failed to follow field sobriety test directions. Once she was taken into the jail in North Myrtle Beach, she reportedly refused a Breathalyzer test. South Carolina law required her driving privileges to be suspended immediately.
Ten days later, the woman resigned from her position. However, the DUI charge was eventually dropped. According to the prosecutor on the case, it was dropped because the arresting officer did not advise the woman of her Miranda rights on the scene — something that is required by the state’s DUI statute. The prosecutor described it as “a fatal flaw.” A judge also expunged the charges from the woman’s record.
On Dec. 5, the executive director of transportation for the Horry School District was arrested by the South Carolina Highway Patrol and charged with a seat belt violation and DUI. The details of the 57-year-old man’s arrest were not immediately available.
A DUI can have a significant impact on your professional and personal life. You may find that you are no longer able to keep your current job, especially if it requires that you drive as part of your duties. The administrative part of a DUI can cost you your driving privileges, which can make it difficult to get back and forth to work or school, as well as to the grocery store and more.
There are DUI defense strategies that can be applied to DUI cases. An experienced attorney can help you learn more about your legal options.