Woman charged with DUI after head-on crash with gas tanker on I-526

Charleston County News

WEST ASHLEY, S.C. (WCBD) – A 25-year-old woman has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence after crashing into a gas tanker head-on along I-526 early Friday morning.

According to an incident report from the Charleston Police Department, Madison Slawson was driving the wrong way on the interstate when the crash occurred in the westbound lanes of the West Ashley side around 2:00 a.m.

When police met with Slawson at the Medical University of South Carolina, they say she appeared to have watery and bloodshot eyes, and a strong odor of alcohol was emanating from her.

She told police that she was attempting to get to her friend’s house in Summerville, but somehow ended up the wrong-way on I-526. She stated that she had been at Local’s Bar on Sam Rittenberg before getting behind the wheel where she consumed several alcohol beverages.

Police said she was grossly impaired, unable answer questions, and fell asleep on several occasions.

The crash caused severe damage to Slawson’s vehicle and damaged the tanker’s cab. It also caused diesel fuel to leak onto the roadway.

I-526 was closed in both directions for much of the morning because of the crash.

No one was seriously injured.

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