Officials Release Dashcam of Sen. Campbell’s DUI Arrest
BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WTAT-TV) — Officials have released dashcam video from a traffic stop the night a Lowcountry senator was arrested for driving under the influence.
The incident happened along I-26 in Berkeley County on Saturday.
At the center of that dashcam video is Senator Paul Campbell. The Lowcountry lawmaker is also charged with lying to police about what actually happened that night.
South Carolina Highway Patrol tells us Campbell was driving when he ran his mercedes into the back of a young woman’s jeep. Campbell was put through a field sobriety test and seemed to have some trouble going through the process.
The woman who he is accused of hitting says she clearly saw Campbell get out of the driver’s seat after the crash to switch seats with his wife, Vicky.
In the video, you can hear Sen. Campbell saying otherwise.
When questioning his wife about the incident, she can be heard saying the couple just left the marina. She said she only had two glasses of wine over the course of several hours. She was also given a field sobriety test.
Troopers eventually concluded that the senator was actually driving and not his wife. He was handcuffed and taken to jail where officials say he registered a .09 blood alcohol level, just over the legal limit.
The woman he is accused of hitting has already threatened to file a lawsuit.
At one point, Sen. Campbell looked directly into the troopers in-car camera system and said that he plans to change the law while using multiple expletives.
So the big question: what is next for the senator and Charleston International’s head man? We spoke with Lowcountry attorney, Ryan Schwartz, who thinks the senator should be concerned. Especially if he is found guilty of providing false information to police.
He says the state is now faced with a task to provide evidence against Campbell.
“The question of whether he was driving or not will be up to a judge at first and then of course down the road if you make it to a trial, the jury can look at that and believe who they want to believe and find guilty or not guilty,” he said.
Sen. Campbell’s next court appearance is set for January 8th.
The Lieutenant Governor’s office says it takes the charges very seriously. The law only allows for suspension if there is an indictment, but that hasn’t happened yet.
We also reached out to Campbell’s attorney for comment on the video. He told us they are waiting to receive the dashcam video before commenting.