Judge Could Throw Out DUI Case Against Local Senator
CHARLESTON, SC (WTAT-TV) — A state senator is now waiting to hear what a judge will decide about a controversial DUI case.
Senator Paul Campbell was arrested back in November of 2017 after he slammed into the back of another driver along I-26. The victim says Campbell then switched seats with his wife.
Campbell and his lawyer were in court on Wednesday and asked the judge to throw out the case because, as they claim, Highway Patrol did not follow proper procedure in the arrest.
Attorney Andy Savage says his client’s 71-year-old age kept him from properly completing a physical field sobriety test.
“You knew that Mr. Campbell was older than what you are trained to do as far as physical test,” Savage asked Trooper Travis Methvin in court. “Yes, sir,” responded Methvin. “And you didn’t perform a cognitive test,” he asked. “No, sir,” the trooper replied.
Savage also says Campbell did not get a blood-alcohol test as required which could prove to be a problem for the prosecution.
We will let you know what the judge decides when that ruling is delivered.