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Aug 2, 2023

Suspect in crash that killed newlywed denied bond

A judge has denied bond for a woman accused of killing a newlywed bride when she drunkenly slammed her Toyota Camry into a golf cart along a South Carolina beach road. Jamie Lee Komoroski, 25, will remain behind bars awaiting trial after officials say she drove over twice the speed limit into a low-speed vehicle […]

Jul 13, 2023

Drunk driving convictions bring new ignition interlock requirements to South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina is expanding the number of drunk driving offenders who must install temporary breathalyzers before taking the wheel. Under the new law, anyone convicted of driving under the influence will have to breathe into a device that confirms no measurable alcohol levels exist before they can operate their vehicle. The […]

May 2, 2023

Bride dies at beach when speeding DUI driver slams golf cart

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (AP) — A bride leaving her wedding reception was killed when a woman driving under the influence and well over twice the speed limit slammed into the back of a golf cart on a South Carolina beach road, authorities said. Data retrieved from Jamie Lee Komoroski’s rental car indicated she was driving […]

Mar 29, 2023

Yavapai County judge has cases reassigned after a DUI arrest

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled that all cases currently assigned to a Yavapai County Superior Court judge recently arrested on suspicion of extreme DUI will be reassigned to other judges. The high court also said the Commission on Judicial Conduct will conduct any investigation it believes appropriate involving Celé Hancock, […]

Feb 9, 2023

Plaintiff struck by drunk driver settles for $600K

On May 12, 2022, the plaintiff, who was a flight paramedic in the Army National Guard was T-boned by a drunk driver who ran a red-light. According to plaintiff counsel Christina Brown, the plaintiff’s injuries included a subarachnoid brain bleed and concussion. “As a result of her injuries, plaintiff was temporarily removed from flight status […]

Oct 5, 2022

Plaintiff awarded $28.5M in DUI hit-and-run

A man critically injured while riding his motorcycle after being struck by an alleged drunk driver was awarded over $28 million.  Plaintiff suffered catastrophic injuries on March 6, 2020, when he was involved in an automobile crash with defendant. According to the plaintiff’s council, Andrew Countryman of Countryman Law Firm, the plaintiff was riding a […]

May 3, 2022

S.C. Supreme Court: DUI suspects must be shown on video when receiving Miranda warnings 

The South Carolina Supreme Court upheld lower court rulings requiring video recordings to visually depict a defendant under DUI charges being advised of his Miranda rights but refused to overturn a dismissal of charges against a defendant based on violations of that requirement.  In a writ of certiorari, the Supreme Court’s February 23 opinion was […]

Feb 10, 2020

Magistrate charged with second DUI offense

A South Carolina magistrate crashed head-on into a truck and has been charged with his second driving under the influence offense. Magistrate Jacob Gillens, 70, of Eutawville was charged with first-offense driving under the influence with a blood alcohol concentration of .10 or less, The Times and Democrat reported. S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Tyler […]

Jan 16, 2019

Victim’s DUI convictions deemed irrelevant to kidnapping case

  A kidnapping victim’s two DUI convictions were properly withheld from a jury despite the assailant’s efforts to have them offered as impeachment evidence, the South Carolina Court of Appeals has ruled. The court also ruled that the kidnapper’s name will remain on the state’s sex offender registry, even though he was charged but not […]

Nov 20, 2018

Schools superintendent charged with DUI in South Carolina

Court records say a South Carolina school district’s superintendent has been charged with DUI. News outlets cite the Greenville County records as saying Cherokee County School District Superintendent Quincie Moore was charged Sunday with DUI. Records show she was released from jail on a $992 personal recognizance bond. State Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Joe Hovis […]

Jul 11, 2018

Remanded order not final or appealable

  The words “Final Order,” written in the caption of a court order, does not a final order make, the South Carolina Supreme Court held June 27. In Spalt v. South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, a unanimous high court found that the Administrative Law Court order at issue—which remanded a matter to the Office […]

Mar 13, 2018

South Carolina woman gets 15 years in prison for felony DUI

GAFFNEY (AP) Prosecutors say a South Carolina woman charged with DUI in a crash that killed one person and seriously injured another has been sentenced to 15 years in prison and five years of probation. Seventh Circuit Solicitor Barry Barnette of Spartanburg said in a statement that 32-year-old Lauren C. Smith pleaded guilty March 12 to felony […]

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