A Charleston, South Carolina municipal court judge reduced a DUI charge against a Charleston County Deputy Sheriff to reckless driving at a recent court hearing. Nicholas Wagner, 37, was scheduled to appear in court May 24. Instead, he appeared in front of a judge on May 17 and paid the $445 reckless driving fine on May 23.
Charleston police arrested Wagner after he crashed into the Interstate 526 West on-ramp at U.S. Highway 17 around 2 a.m. on May 5, according to a City of Charleston Police incident report. Wagner was off duty and driving a personal vehicle at the time of the accident. The officer noted that Wagner’s vehicle was totaled and that he “smelled of an alcoholic beverage, had glassy eyes, slurred speech, and he swayed as he walked.” No one was injured in the collision. Wagner was placed on administrative leave without pay pending a personnel investigation into Wagner’s alleged drunk driving.
Deputy Wagner’s unfortunate incident is a perfect example of how good people can find themselves faced with a DUI charge after one night of poor decision making. Please take care to find a ride home if you have had too much to drink. If you find yourself charged with DUI, do not let a conviction of put in jeopardy what you have worked so hard for. Contact a DUI defense lawyer at Anderson & Schuster, Attorneys at Law, LLC at (843) 388-3661 to discuss your options.
Source: The Post and Courier: Charleston, SC Deputy Sheriff Charged With DUI
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