Two South Carolina officers charged with DUI over the holidays

An Orangeburg County sheriff’s deputy was charged with driving under the influence after crashing his patrol car into a ditch while off-duty, and last weekend an officer in Charleston was arrested and charged with DUI after hitting a parked car and leaving the scene. (H/T Law and Baseball)
In Myrtle Beach throughout the Christmas and New Year season, signs can be found giving the number for a hotline to call if you see a drunk driver – an idea that is more dangerous than helpful. Anytime a driver swerves on the road for any reason (there are many besides having had too much to drink) they are subject to being followed by a vigilante while the police come to arrest them. Even worse, you are subject to anonymous calls, whether prank or malicious, identifying you as a drunk driver.
Wednesday night I drove to a prison in Lumpkin, Georgia, to visit a PCR client (an eight hour drive on a good day), and drove back yesterday (New Year’s Eve). Driving back through Aynor, a patrol car came up behind me and followed myself and a car that was next to me one lane over and then pulled the other car just before we left city limits. Maybe I missed something, but they were driving the same speed as I was (not speeding), next to my car, and I did not see them swerve. For most of the drive, although I had nothing to drink, I was paranoid that I would be stopped and subjected to roadside tests, as many drivers over the holidays doubtlessly were.
Of course I think that truly drunk drivers need to be kept off of the road, but I am wondering how many people were stopped and harassed over the holidays in an attempt to boost DUI arrests and to show that the agencies’ grant money and rewards are justified? DUI enforcement is truly the front-line of the erosion of our Constitutional Rights.

One Response to “Two South Carolina officers charged with DUI over the holidays

  • We have a number of cases where the police have overstepped their bounds. Judges will sometimes suppress the evidence, but not always.

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