Driver fails DUI tests after fatal crash in North Myrtle beach

Posted on Feb 18, 2010
Michael A. Butler, 30, of Loris, South Carolina was charged this Tuesday with felony driving under the influence. Butler failed three sobriety tests and a Breathalyzer following the crash that occurred Tuesday, killing the passenger of his vehicle. The accident, involving three vehicles, happened on U.S. 17 north of the Cherry Grove exit in North Myrtle Beach. 

A police officer conducted three field sobriety tests at the crash site, all of which Butler failed. The officers at the accident scene say he smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech and got in the way of emergency workers following the wreck. Butler took a Breathalyzer test at the police station and blew a 0.19, placing him over the legal limit of 0.08. Butler's bail was set at $25,000 on Tuesday.

Mitchell White, 28, of Loris was killed in the crash. The preliminary autopsy has shown that White died from multiple trauma. He was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the wreck. He was the passenger in Butler's 2004 Mercury Sable. 

The accident occurred when Butler was traveling south in the northbound lanes of U.S. 17, causing him to strike 2 vehicles around 3 a.m. on Tuesday. The passengers in the other vehicles were transported to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center for minor injuries. The northbound lanes of U.S. 17 were subsequently closed following the crash, and for two hours Wednesday so the S.C. Highway Patrol's Multi-Disciplinary Investigation Team could work. 


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