A car crashes into the front of a house in Greenville County on Tuesday, Nov 19. The driver was apparently driving under the influence (DUI) and was apprehended by the police officers.
According to the authorities, the crash took place at around 7:30 a.m. The driver was one John Patrick of Taylors, aged 22. Patrick was driving a 2011 Subaru at the time. At the time of the accident, he was traveling northbound on the Conway Hill Lane. Suddenly, Patrick apparently lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle veered into the private drive of a house and then crashed right through its front.
Thankfully, the vehicle didn’t hit anyone, so there were no injuries. The driver himself apparently sustained little to no injuries. Patrick was driving alone at the time and there were no passengers in the car.
South Carolina Highway Patrol officials reached the site of the accident and arrested the driver. He was subsequently charged with DUI.
DUI is a serious offense in South Carolina. The actual punishment for a DUI offense will vary depending upon whether the driver in question was charged the first, second, third or subsequent times. The penalties for a first offense are relatively mild. They get harsher with the second penalty and keep adding up in subsequent DUI offenses. While the jail time for a first DUI offense is up to a maximum of 30 days, for a fourth offense it can go up to 5 years.
Other factors that determine the actual penalties also include the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level. A judge will also take into account whether property damage and bodily harm was caused by a DUI driver in a crash.
In this present case, the property owner may also bring up a civil lawsuit against the driver who crashes the vehicle.
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