Woman gets DUI while en route to AA meeting
A 61-year-old Aiken woman was detained for DUI after she wrecked her car on Silver Bluff Road last week – while she was en route to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.
The incident happened near the intersection of Silver Bluff and Dougherty roads about 5:15 p.m. on May 1, according to an incident report. Officers found a 2007 Lexus with damage to the front left end of the vehicle.
Officers asked the female driver if she was injured, to which she responded no, according to the report. They could detect an odor of alcoholic beverage coming from the driver, who exhibited other signs of intoxication.
Before administering field sobriety tests, officers asked the woman if she had been drinking, and she said no, according to the report.
“She stated that she was on her way to an AA meeting,” the report stated. When asked again if she had been drinking, the woman said she had about 4 ounces of vodka.
The woman was taken into custody after failing multiple field sobriety tests and charged with DUI-first. She provided a breath sample, which indicated a blood-alcohol content of .20 percent.
• Teddy Kulmala covers the crime beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012. He is a native of Williston and majored in communication studies at Clemson University.