In cases where a breathalyzer turns up inconclusive evidence of DUI – that is, if a suspect blows a 0.0% and a DUI is still suspected, police can obtain a blood sample. The blood sample is used to determine if there were any illegal or prescription drugs in a person’s system at the time of the DUI arrest. A South Carolina woman with ties to Atlanta, Georgia has had her bond set in a felony DUI case in Summerville, South Carolina. The Journal Scene reports on the case.
29-year-old Whitney Danielle Brooks had her bail set at $125,000 Monday in the case where Brooks is suspected of DUI in an accident that killed a North Charleston police officer last Thursday.
Brooks appeared from a Summerville, South Carolina via video conference. The courtroom was packed with the friends and family members of Ryan MacCluen, a police officer who was killed in the accident.
MacCluen had been off-duty and operating a motorcycle when Brooks turned left in front of the officer. MacCluen succumbed to his injuries about an hour following the crash at Summerville Medical Center.
Brooks’ family from Atlanta was also in attendance. Brooks has been living in South Carolina and teaching there for about six years.
Brooks is charged with felony DUI causing injury or death. However, she blew a 0.0% on a breathalyzer. Blood test results are still pending.
Brooks’ attorney, Henry Schlein, said that Brooks’ previous lack of any offenses and her occupation as a teacher should allow her to return home to Atlanta for a time. The judge said she would need permission to leave the state and has 10 days to request a preliminary hearing.
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