Man Charged with Drunk Driving in Downtown Charleston Crash Kills 1 | New
A 31-year-old man is charged with impaired driving on charges of impaired driving over allegations he caused a head-on collision in downtown Charleston that injured one person.
James Elliot Getz was charged on December 4 with impaired driving. His bail for the offense is $ 50,000, according to Charleston County Jail records.
Authorities allege Getz was driving west on Calhoun Street at 8:25 p.m. on December 2 when he crossed the median near Anson Street, colliding with another vehicle, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
The driver of the vehicle suffered “serious bodily injuries” as a result of the accident, the affidavit states, but the injuries are not specified. The victim’s name is also redacted in the affidavit.
An officer who spoke with Getz noted that his eyes were glassy, ââhis pupils were dilated and that he had a “strong smell of alcohol” about him, the affidavit states.
Getz admitted to consuming alcohol before the accident, according to the affidavit. He was taken into custody after performing field sobriety tests.
Felony DUI is punishable by a minimum of 30 days in prison and up to 15 years in prison.
It was not clear from court records whether Getz had legal representation.
SC Highway Patrol investigated the collision, records show.
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