CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – Sen. Paul Campbell was back in court Wednesday morning after driving under the influence (DUI) and providing false information to police back in 2017.
According to South Carolina Highway Patrol, the charges stem from a crash that happened on the night of November 4 on I-26 near mile marker 204 in Charleston County.
At a hearing on Wednesday, January 17, Campbell’s lawyer Andy Savage asked the court to dismiss the charges.
Savage argued that after the breathalyzer test was performed, Campbell asked Trooper Travis Methvin, who arrested Campbell, for a blood alcohol test. Under Campbell’s rights, Trooper Methvin was to assist in facilitating that second test. That second test was not administered.
The prosecutor, Assistant Solicitor Manuela Clayton of Horry County, argued Trooper Methvin did not understand that Campbell was asking for a blood test to be administered.
Additionally, Savage argued that parts of the field sobriety test video should be dismissed. He argued at one point during the walk and turn sobriety test, Campbell’s feet are not seen in the footage. Savage also said that due to Campbell’s age, more cognitive tests should have been assigned instead of physical tests.
Magistrate Judge Elbert Duffie of Colleton County oversaw the hearing. No decision was made but, the judge said evidence will be reviewed and a written order will be issued at some point.
Troopers say Campbell’s vehicle rear-ended another car in congested traffic on November 4. When SCHP arrived on the scene, there was a discrepancy about who was driving the at-fault vehicle.
The incident report explains Campbell’s wife told authorities she was driving the vehicle. Campbell also told authorities his wife was driving. Through witness interviews, Troopers determined Sen. Campbell was the driver of the car and administered a field sobriety test.
The test registered his blood alcohol level at .09%, while the legal limit is .08%. Campbell was arrested for DUI and providing false information to police.
Campbell is a Berkeley County Republican, representing Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester Counties, and is Chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee. He has served in the SC Senate since 2007. He is also Executive Director and CEO of the Charleston International Airport.