After his DUI arrest, crash victim plans to sue State Sen. Paul Campbell
CHARLESTON, SC (WIS) - A crash victim is calling on the South Carolina senator who she claims hit her car before being charged with DUI, to take responsibility for his actions.
Michaela Caddin, 21, spoke-out on Tuesday morning as she sat with her mother, attorney, and MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving).
Caddin's attorney, Matt Yelverton, is recommending Senator Paul Campbell (R- Berkeley) resign if he, in fact, lied to law enforcement about what happened in the weekend crash, as Caddin says he did.
"Personally, I think a public official if in fact lied to law enforcement, should resign," Yelverton said.
Campbell hasn't resigned; in fact, he served on the State House grounds in a Senate committee meeting on Tuesday afternoon. Charges against him, since they are misdemeanors, do not automatically call for his suspension from the Senate, either.
Troopers have released the crash report, which details what they say Campbell told them. The report explains Campbell told troopers he was not the driver, and that he failed a field sobriety test, was arrested and later registered an .09 BAC.
Caddin's story differs.
"I saw a man who was driving get out from behind the steering wheel, and walk around the back of his car," Caddin says. "My lights were shining on him, and the woman in the passenger seat got out and walked behind her car through my headlights towards the driver's side door. I then saw the woman get into the driver's seat."
Caddin says he switched seats with the passenger, his wife, and then approached her and handed her his Senate business card.
"He then handed me his business card and said, 'Let me know what you'd like to do,'" Caddin says.
Yelverton says he and his client, Caddin, want Campbell held accountable.
"I was raised to believe that ethics, honesty, and accountability are important," Caddin says.
Campbell's attorney, Andy Savage, responded to the crash victim's comments to the meeting, saying: "to comment on the accident beyond to say that the Campbells were at fault would be premature. I do know that they are relieved that no one was injured and I know that they would ensure the prompt payment of reasonable damages including repairs to his client's automobile, a rental vehicle if she is deprived of the use of her vehicle as it undergoes repairs, lost wages if the accident caused her to lose time at work, and any other incidental costs she incurred."
Savage says he cannot comment on Yelverton's recommending Campbell resign from office, or Yelverton's plan to file a civil suit against him on Caddin's behalf.
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