Council Member Refuses Breath Test

A Clinton City Council member has been arrested, and the City refuses to release police body cam footage of the event w-DUI 2nd offense penalty.

Council member Robbie Neal, of 103 E. Bluford St., Clinton, was arrested Saturday and charged with Driving Under the Influence 2nd offense. Her first offense was in 2013 and she completed a driving course. In her latest arrest, Neal refused to complete field sobriety tests, and refused breath, blood and urine tests to determine her level of alleged intoxication. She asked arresting officers "You know who I am" and "We planned to give you all this stuff."

Neal said she had a friend raped and murdered, and felt like her arrest would be an embarrasment to the Mayor and the City. Only the governor can remove an elected official, unless the official chooses to resign. The next regular meeting of the Clinton City Council is Monday, Dec. 3.

The City will not provided to The Clinton Chronicle the body cam footage of Arresting Officer Catherine Anderson, citing SC Code of Lawes 23-1-240(G)(1). At 11:41 am Tuesday, the City complied with a Chronicle SC FOIA request for documents related to Neal's arrest, but refused to release the body cam footage. One document also refers to SLED Datamaster video footage, and in an incident report, Anderson writes that she activated the dash cam in her patrol car as Neal was stopped at North Sloan St and West Pitts St., in Clinton, at 2232 (24 hr clock) on 11-17-18. 

She was released on $10,000 bond from the Johnson Detention Center.

RELATED: what state law says about 2nd offense DUI:

 

(2) for a second offense, by a fine of not less than two thousand one hundred dollars nor more than five thousand one hundred dollars, and imprisonment for not less than five days nor more than one year. However, the fine imposed by this item must not be suspended in an amount less than one thousand one hundred dollars. If the person's alcohol concentration is at least ten one-hundredths of one percent but less than sixteen one-hundredths of one percent, then the person must be punished by a fine of not less than two thousand five hundred dollars nor more than five thousand five hundred dollars and imprisonment for not less than thirty days nor more than two years. However, the fine imposed by this item must not be suspended in an amount less than one thousand one hundred dollars. If the person's alcohol concentration is sixteen one-hundredths of one percent or more, then the person must be punished by a fine of not less than three thousand five hundred dollars nor more than six thousand five hundred dollars and imprisonment for not less than ninety days nor more than three years. However, the fine imposed by this item must not be suspended in an amount less than one thousand one hundred dollars; 

 

 

 

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