Report: Kelvin Washington told investigators he only had one beer in felony DUI crash

Report: Kelvin Washington told investigators he only had one beer in felony DUI crash

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The Richland County Councilman arrested and charged with felony DUI following a two-car collision on Bluff Road on Saturday night reportedly told South Carolina Highway Patrol investigators that he had only one beer that night.

Kelvin Washington was released on bond following the incident where Highway Patrol troopers say he rear-ended a vehicle in front of him. The two people in the car in front of Washington were taken to a hospital, and one of them remains in intensive care.

The incident report about the Washington incident was released by the South Carolina Department of Public Safety on Tuesday morning.

The report says troopers were called to the crash scene around 7:58 p.m. and noted the two cars involved in the crash -- a Toyota sedan belonging to Washington and a Honda sedan belonging to the other driver and his passenger.

The report goes on to say one of the troopers leaned in to Washington's car and smelled a "strong odor of alcoholic beverage" as he was looking for the car's registration and insurance information.

Troopers left the scene, according to the report, and went to Palmetto Health Richland to interview Washington and the other two people involved in the crash.

The report says one of the men was unable to be interviewed because he was undergoing surgery. The second victim, however, was conscious, but said he couldn't remember what happened in the crash because he blacked out.

Troopers were able to interview Washington, the report says, as he was lying in a hospital bed receiving treatment for his injuries. In the report, troopers noted he smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech.

"He stated he had one beer at a friend's house on Broad River Road and was going home when the collision occurred," the report said.

According to the report, troopers then administered portions of the field sobriety test on Washington before placing him under arrest for felony DUI. The report goes on to say Washington decline to provide a sample of his blood to be tested for alcohol, but a search warrant issued allowed investigators to obtain blood from him.

Washington's blood-alcohol level has not been revealed by investigators.

Washington has faced recent troubles not only with the recent DUI, but also tax charges where he pleaded guilty to three counts of failure to file a tax return as a result of a Department of Revenue investigation into the Richland County Penny Transportation Tax. He was also removed from the Transportation Ad Hoc Committee, which oversees projects related to the Penny Tax.

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