State Sen. Campbell disputes DUI, says he wasn’t driving

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – Troopers say a South Carolina senator charged with driving under the influence had a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit.

But Sen. Paul Campbell says that doesn’t matter because he wasn’t driving when his car crashed into a stopped vehicle in congested traffic on Interstate 26 in Charleston.

Highway Patrol Cpl. Sonny Collins said Campbell’s blood-alcohol level was 0.09 percent on a breath test after the Saturday night crash. The legal limit in South Carolina is 0.08 percent.

Campbell told troopers investigating the crash and reporters later that his wife was driving.

Authorities say the 71-year-old Goose Creek Republican switched seats with his wife after the wreck. They are both charged with providing false information.

Both charges against Campbell are misdemeanors. Senators can only be suspended when charged with felonies.

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