SLED Releases Sen. Campbell’s Breathalyzer Video
CHARLESTON, SC (WTAT-TV) — More than 20 days after his arrest – we now have the video of state senator Paul Campbell taking a breathalyzer test.
It happened on November 4th when he was arrested for DUI.
In the video, you can hear the Senator continue to challenge the accuracy of the Datamaster, a piece of equipment used to analyze a sample of a person’s breath and determine the alcohol intake level.
“This is the hardest test I can give you, alright,” the trooper told Campbell in the video.
“Well, listen, the Datamaster sucks, okay,” Campbell responded.
“Well, again, this is what I got,” said the trooper.
The entire video is about thirty minutes long and most of it features the Senator and trooper talking sports during the twenty minute observation period before the test could be administered.
After blowing a .09, Campbell asked to blow again and blamed the level on the officer waiting with him before the test.
“Well see you kept me here for 20 minutes,” he said.
“Yeah, that’s the point,” replied the trooper.
“If you had tested me when I got out of the car it would have been .06.”
“How’s it going to go up,” asked the trooper.
“Because I had alcohol in my stomach and it goes into the system,” he replied. “Can I do it again?”
According to SLED’s protocol manual, anyone taking a breath test must be observed for at least 20 minutes before the test can be administered to allow any residual alcohol in the mouth to dissipate.
A .09 is just above the legal threshold for driving under the influence.
Just a few days after Campbells’ arrest, Highway Patrol released dashcam video of the traffic incident. In that video, Campbell again showed his frustration with the situation and claimed the Datamaster is easy to beat in court.
The woman who Campbell’s vehicle struck has filed a civil case against the Senator.
Since the night he was arrested, Campbell has maintained he was not driving the car. He says his wife was behind the wheel at the time of the wreck.